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Wimbledon 2012: Minnesota Native Mardy Fish Battles Issues At Wimbledon

For most of the competitors at the 2012 Wimbledon tournament, their biggest concern is the other players and trying to find a way to make it to the final. For Minnesota native Mardy Fish, his toughest battle comes against himself.

When Fish managed to defeat Spaniard Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo in straight sets 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-6 (7-1), it marked the first time in two and a half months that Fish had participated in competition. The reason for that was because the tenth seeded Fish had to undergo a medical procedure in May to try and pinpoint an accelerated heartbeat.

Via SFGate.com:

During a match, he says, "The more you keep your mind off it, the better."

Following his win Tuesday, Fish declined to talk to reporters because he wasn't feeling well, which had many speculating that it has something to do with his heart. However, Fish clarified that it was merely a stomach illness that was a by-product of pain medication he is taking for his right arm.

Fish will play James Ward in the second round of the tournament.

A full Wimbledon 2012 scoreboard can be found at SI.com.

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