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Falla through as Fish flounders at Melbourne Park

Mardy Fish of the US hits a return to Alejandro Falla of Colombia during their men’s singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 18, 2012. — Reuters pic  Mardy Fish of the US hits a return to Alejandro Falla of Colombia during their men’s singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 18, 2012. — Reuters pic

Fish, seeded eighth, had to battle back just to force a tie break in the third set but lost it 8-6 to fall at the second hurdle for the second year in a row at Melbourne Park.

Lefthander Falla summoned up a brilliant lob after a 30-stroke rally to take a 5-4 lead in the deciding tiebreak and survived some late nerves to claim victory when Fish blasted a forehand wide.

The 28-year-old world number 71’s prize for the upset is a third round meeting with Germany’s Phillip Kohlschreiber. — Reuters