Fish at a press conference, August 3, 2010
|Full name||Mardy Simpson Fish|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
December 9, 1981 |
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||301–218 (58%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (August 15, 2011)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2007)|
|French Open||3R (2011)|
|US Open||QF (2008)|
|Tour Finals||RR (2011)|
|Olympic Games||Silver Medal (2004)|
|Career record||136–105 (56%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 14 (July 6, 2009)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2005, 2009)|
|French Open||2R (2002)|
|US Open||3R (2001, 2010)|
|Davis Cup||F (2004)|
|Hopman Cup||W (2008)|
|Last updated on: September 27, 2015.|
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for USA|
Mardy Simpson Fish (born December 9, 1981) is a former American professional tennis player. He was a hardcourt specialist. He is one of several American tennis players who rose to prominence in the early 2000s.
Fish won six tournaments on the main ATP Tour and reached the final of four Masters Series events: Cincinnati in 2003 and 2010, Indian Wells in 2008, and Montreal in 2011. His best results at Grand Slam tournaments are reaching the quarterfinals of the 2007 Australian Open, the 2008 US Open, and the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. At the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, Fish reached the final in the men's singles, losing to Nicolás Massú.
In April 2011, Fish overtook compatriot Andy Roddick to become the American No. 1 in the ATP rankings, reaching a career-high singles ranking of world No. 7 in August 2011. He then played in the year-end tournament for the only time in his career.
He retired after the 2015 US Open.
- Early life 1
Tennis career 2
- Juniors 2.1
- 2000–2005 2.2
- 2006 2.3
- 2007 2.4
- 2008 2.5
- 2009 2.6
- 2010 2.7
- 2011 2.8
- 2012 2.9
- 2013–2015 2.10
- Equipment and playing style 3
- Personal life 4
Significant finals 5
Olympic Games 5.1
- Singles: 1 (1 silver medal) 5.1.1
Masters 1000 finals 5.2
- Singles: 4 (0–4) 5.2.1
- Doubles: 2 (1–1) 5.2.2
- Olympic Games 5.1
ATP career finals 6
- Singles: 20 (6–14) 6.1
- Doubles: 11 (8–3) 6.2
- Singles performance timeline 6.3
- Doubles performance timeline 6.4
- References 7
- Further reading 8
- External links 9
Fish is the son of a tennis teaching professional and a housewife, Tom and Sally Fish. He was born in Edina, Minnesota. In 1984 a Minneapolis TV station ran a profile of Fish, at the age of two, hitting tennis balls from the baseline over the net. In 1986, Fish's family moved to Vero Beach, Florida. He attended Vero Beach High School for tenth grade, then moved to Boca Prep in Boca Raton, Florida, for his junior and senior years of high school. He, Andy Roddick, and Jesse Levine all attended Boca Prep International School. During 1999, he lived with Roddick's family, and the two played on the same tennis and basketball teams.
As a junior, Fish compiled a 58–25 singles win/loss record (32–19 in doubles), reaching as high as no. 14 in the world in 1999 (and no. 19 in doubles).
Junior Grand Slam results:
Fish turned professional in 2000 at the age of 18. He spent his first few years as a pro playing in the Challenger and Futures circuits. He earned his first title on the ATP Tour in 2002 playing doubles in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas, with Andy Roddick.
Fish's career improved significantly in 2003, when he won his first ATP singles title and reached the biggest final of his career in Cincinnati. His singles victory came near the end of the season, when he defeated Robin Söderling to win the Stockholm Open in Stockholm, Sweden. In addition, he defeated fifth-seeded and former world no. 1 Carlos Moyà at the 2003 Australian Open in the second round, 3–6, 7–6, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2. He finished the year ranked no. 20 in the world.
Fish played well in 2004, reaching the finals at the SAP Open in San Jose, California and in the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Fish obtained a silver medal for the United States, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero and Fernando González to reach the final. He lost the final in five sets to Chilean Nicolás Massú.
In 2005, Fish injured his left wrist. It eventually required two surgeries, and as a result, he only played 17 matches in the year.
Fish was awarded a wildcard in April into the US Men's Claycourt Championships. He won the tournament, defeating eighth seed Juan Mónaco, Rainer Schüttler, Vince Spadea, Tommy Haas, and Jürgen Melzer in the final 3–6, 6–4, 6–3.
At Irakli Labadze.
Fish began 2007 by achieving his best finish at a Grand Slam. Fish reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, losing to his old roommate and doubles partner, Andy Roddick. Fish made waves on the first day of the tournament by knocking off Ivan Ljubičić, the fourth seed, and had an easy win in the third round when his opponent Wayne Arthurs retired in the opening set. Fish had few problems in his first four matches, but lost in straight sets to Roddick. As a result, he moved up by 17 places in the ATP rankings.
Fish started off 2008 quite well at the Hopman Cup, an exhibition event in Perth, Australia. Partnering with Serena Williams, he won the title. Williams was ill and arrived after the start of the event, but Meghann Shaughnessy filled in for the first match. Fish won against Indian Rohan Bopanna and Australian Peter Luczak, and received a walkover from Czech Tomáš Berdych. Although Fish lost the first doubles match, he and Williams were undefeated in two mixed doubles matches. They qualified as undefeated for the final, where they faced top-seeded Serbians Novak Djokovic and Jelena Janković. Although Fish lost in singles against Djokovic, the Americans again won the mixed doubles match to win the title.
Fish fell to Jarkko Nieminen in the third round of the Australian Open after a code violation caused him to lose his composure.
Fish then went on to make a quarterfinal showing at the 2008 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, before losing to long-time friend and wild-card entry Robby Ginepri.
At the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Fish defeated world no. 1 Roger Federer in the semifinals in what Fish described as "a great win," after failing to beat the Swiss player in five previous matches. However, Fish lost in the final to Novak Djokovic, the third seed.
Fish won his fifth doubles title, partnering Memphis. The next week, ranked as the top seed, he won his third singles title at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships against first-time finalist Evgeny Korolev.
In the 2009 BNP Paribas Open, Fish received a first-round bye, only to be eliminated in the second round by unseeded Frenchman Jérémy Chardy. However, he captured his sixth doubles title and first ATP Masters Series 1000 title with partner Andy Roddick.
In April, Fish played in the 2009 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, but was knocked out in the first round by Björn Phau of Germany. He then played in the 2009 Rome Masters, where he lost in the second round to Fernando Verdasco.
Fish advanced to the third round in Wimbledon men's singles, where he fell to Novak Djoković in straight sets. In doubles, he and partner James Blake advanced to the semifinals, before losing to the defending and eventual champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjić.
On August 30, Fish withdrew from the 2009 US Open, where he was seeded 25th, citing a rib injury.
Fish began 2010 by winning the SAP Open in San Jose with doubles partner Sam Querrey. The pair defeated Benjamin Becker and Leonardo Mayer, 7–6, 7–5, in the final. With this win, Fish improves to 7–1 lifetime in ATP World Tour doubles finals. On March 27, Fish knocked his second round opponent Andy Murray out of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida in straight sets On June 10, Fish played Andy Murray again in the third round of the Queen's tournament in London. Fish won the first set 6–4, but lost the second 6–1. However, during the third set, Fish was leading 3–0, Murray then brought it back to 3–3. Fish then complained to the umpire that it was too dark, and he then walked off the court without talking to Murray. Murray stayed on the court for a few minutes after the incident and said, "He only complained because I was gaining momentum", and "He wouldn't have complained when he was 3–0 up." The following day, Fish went on to win the third and final set in a 6–4, 1–6, 7–6 victory. He faced Michaël Llodra in the quarterfinals and Feliciano López in the semifinals to reach the final. He lost to compatriot Sam Querrey to finish as runner-up.
US Open Series Champion
- Official website
- Mardy Fish at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Mardy Fish at the International Tennis Federation
- Mardy Fish at the Davis Cup
- Mardy Fish at the Association of Tennis Professionals Retrieved Sep 1, 2006.
- ATP. "Tennis Players – Mardy Fish". Retrieved June 13, 2012.
- Boca Prep. "Boca Prep International School Home Page". Retrieved 28 February 2015.
- Pacific Life Open – March 22 – Mardy Fish (interview transcript)
- Match Statistics
-  Fish Withdraws From Open, August 30, 2009.
- "BBC Sport – Tennis – Mardy Fish punishes out-of-sorts Andy Murray in Florida". BBC News. March 27, 2010. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
- "Player Statistics from The Championships, Wimbledon 2011". Wimbledon.org. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
- Mardy Fish Wins Title & Van Alen Cup, Carsten Ball & Chris Guccione Grab Doubles Title at Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships – © 2011 International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
- Tennis – ATP World Tour – Tennis Players – Mardy Fish
- Tennis-X.com. "Federer Ends Title Drought, Reels in Fish for Fourth Cincinnati Crown". Tennis-x.com. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
- "Monaco whips Fish to reach Miami semis". Retrieved March 29, 2012.
- "Tsonga fights past Fish to reach quarterfinals". July 3, 2012.
- "Mardy Fish to skip London Olympics". Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "US Open 2012 Men's Singles Championship" (PDF). US Open.
- "Roger Federer into US Open quarters as Mardy Fish pulls out". BBC Sport. September 3, 2012.
- Associated Press (20 August 2013). "Mardy Fish retires at Winston-Salem Open". cbc.ca. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- Associated Press (21 August 2013). "Mardy Fish withdraws from US Open due to health issues". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- USA Today (18 August 2014). "Mardy Fish discusses struggle with anxiety disorder". USA Today. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- "Sandra Harwitt: Plenty to remember off the court in 2008". ESPN. December 12, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
- Cedenheim, Pernilla (September 29, 2008). "Tennis Ace Mardy Fish Gets Hitched – Weddings". People. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
- Fish's Fans Add Flavor To First-Round Victory – NYTimes, August 26, 2003
- , May 26, 2011
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||1R||1R||QF||2R||QF||0 / 5||7–5|
|French Open||2R||2R||0 / 2||2–2|
|Wimbledon||1R||SF||1R||0 / 3||4–3|
|US Open||3R||2R||1R||2R||3R||0 / 5||6–5|
|Win–Loss||2–2||2–3||0–2||0–0||3–1||1–1||1–1||0–0||7–2||3–3||0 / 15||19–15|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||2R||3R||1R||2R||A||QF||3R||3R||1R||2R||2R||A||A||A||0 / 4||4–4|
|French Open||A||Q1||Q1||1R||A||1R||A||A||2R||1R||2R||3R||A||A||A||A||0 / 9||11–9|
|Wimbledon||A||1R||Q1||3R||2R||A||3R||1R||1R||3R||2R||QF||4R||A||A||A||0 / 11||11–11|
|US Open||1R||1R||2R||2R||2R||1R||2R||2R||QF||A||4R||4R||4R||A||A||2R||0 / 15||26–15|
|Win–Loss||0–1||0–2||2–2||5–4||2–3||1–2||3–2||5–3||7–4||4–3||5–4||10–4||7–3||0–0||0–0||1–1||0 / 39||52–39|
|ATP World Tour Finals|
|Tour Finals||Did Not Qualify||RR||DNQ||0 / 1||0–3|
|Summer Olympics||A||Not Held||F-S||Not Held||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||0 / 1||5–1|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||2R||1R||A||4R||2R||3R||2R||F||2R||2R||2R||3R||3R||A||1R||0 / 13||15–13|
|Miami Masters||2R||A||2R||3R||2R||2R||2R||A||1R||2R||4R||SF||QF||A||A||A||0 / 11||16–11|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Rome Masters||A||A||A||2R||A||A||A||1R||2R||2R||A||3R||A||A||A||A||0 / 5||5–5|
|Madrid Masters||A||A||A||3R||2R||A||2R||1R||2R||2R||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 8||7–8|
|Canada Masters||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||F||QF||A||A||A||0 / 4||6–4|
|Cincinnati Masters||1R||Q2||Q1||F||1R||A||2R||1R||1R||A||F||SF||QF||1R||A||2R||0 / 11||18–11|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||A||A||2R||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||1R||2R||A||Q1||2R||A||A||A||3R||A||A||A||A||0 / 4||3–4|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||1R||1R||Not Masters Series||0 / 3||0–3|
|Win–Loss||1–2||1–1||1–2||10–8||4–5||2–2||5–4||1–6||8–7||2–4||10–4||14–8||9–4||1–2||0–0||1–2||0 / 60||70–60|
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup - / Fed Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
Singles performance timeline
|Winner||1.||April 29, 2002||U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States||Clay||Andy Roddick||
|Winner||2.||February 16, 2004||Pacific Coast Championships, San José, United States||Hard (i)||James Blake||
|Winner||3.||April 19, 2004||U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States||Clay||James Blake||
|Runner-up||1.||February 27, 2006||U.S. National Indoor, Memphis, United States||Hard||James Blake||
|6–0, 5–7, [5–10]|
|Winner||4.||July 7, 2008||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States||Grass||John Isner||
|Winner||5.||February 13, 2009||U.S. National Indoor, Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Mark Knowles||
|Winner||6.||March 9, 2009||Indian Wells Masters, Indian Wells, United States||Hard||Andy Roddick||
|3–6, 6–1, [14–12]|
|Winner||7.||February 14, 2010||Pacific Coast Championships, San José, United States||Hard (i)||Sam Querrey||
|Winner||8.||August 8, 2010||Washington Open, Washington, United States||Hard||Mark Knowles||
|4–6, 7–6(9–7), [10–7]|
|Runner-up||2.||May 15, 2011||Italian Open, Rome, Italy||Clay||Andy Roddick||
|Runner-up||3.||August 4, 2013||Washington Open, Washington, D.C., United States||Hard||Radek Štepánek||
Doubles: 11 (8–3)
|Runner-up||1.||March 10, 2003||Delray Beach Open, Delray Beach, United States||Hard||Jan-Michael Gambill||0–6, 6–7(5–7)|
|Runner-up||2.||June 23, 2003||Nottingham Open, Nottingham, United Kingdom||Grass||Greg Rusedski||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||3.||August 18, 2003||Cincinnati Masters, Cincinnati, United States||Hard||Andy Roddick||6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–7(4–7)|
|Winner||1.||October 20, 2003||Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Robin Söderling||7–5, 3–6, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||4.||February 16, 2004||Pacific Coast Championships, San José, United States||Hard (i)||Andy Roddick||6–7(13–15), 4–6|
|Runner-up||5.||June 14, 2004||Halle Open, Halle, Germany||Grass||Roger Federer||0–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||6.||August 22, 2004||Summer Olympics, Athens, Greece||Hard||Nicolás Massú||3–6, 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||April 10, 2006||U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States||Clay||Jürgen Melzer||3–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||7.||August 27, 2007||Connecticut Open, New Haven, United States||Hard||James Blake||5–7, 4–6|
|Runner-up||8.||March 23, 2008||Indian Wells Masters, Indian Wells, United States||Hard||Novak Djokovic||2–6, 7–5, 3–6|
|Runner-up||9.||August 23, 2008||Connecticut Open, New Haven, United States (2)||Hard||Marin Čilić||4–6, 6–4, 2–6|
|Runner-up||10.||February 15, 2009||Pacific Coast Championships, San José, United States (2)||Hard (i)||Radek Štěpánek||6–3, 4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||3.||March 1, 2009||Delray Beach Open, Delray Beach, United States||Hard||Evgeny Korolev||7–5, 6–3|
|Runner-up||11.||June 13, 2010||Queen's Club Championships, London, United Kingdom||Grass||Sam Querrey||6–7(3–7), 5–7|
|Winner||4.||July 11, 2010||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States||Grass||Olivier Rochus||5–7, 6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||5.||July 25, 2010||Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta, United States||Hard||John Isner||4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||12.||August 22, 2010||Cincinnati Masters, Cincinnati, United States (2)||Hard||Roger Federer||7–6(7–5), 6–7(1–7), 4–6|
|Winner||6.||July 24, 2011||Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta, United States (2)||Hard||John Isner||3–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–2|
|Runner-up||13.||July 31, 2011||Los Angeles Open, Los Angeles, United States||Hard||Ernests Gulbis||7–5, 4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||14.||August 14, 2011||Canadian Open, Montreal, Canada||Hard||Novak Djokovic||2–6, 6–3, 4–6|
Singles: 20 (6–14)
ATP career finals
|Winner||2009||Indian Wells Masters||Hard||Andy Roddick||
|3–6, 6–1, [14–12]|
|Runner-up||2011||Italian Open||Clay||Andy Roddick||
Doubles: 2 (1–1)
|Runner-up||2003||Cincinnati Masters||Hard||Andy Roddick||6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||2008||Indian Wells Masters||Hard||Novak Djokovic||2–6, 7–5, 3–6|
|Runner-up||2010||Cincinnati Masters (2)||Hard||Roger Federer||7–6(7–5), 6–7(1–7), 4–6|
|Runner-up||2011||Canadian Open||Hard||Novak Djokovic||2–6, 6–3, 4–6|
Singles: 4 (0–4)
Masters 1000 finals
|Silver||2004||2004 Summer Olympics, Athens||Hard||Nicolás Massú||3–6, 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 4–6|
Singles: 1 (1 silver medal)
He has a group of fans called "The Fishheads" who travel with him and cheer him on during matches. He is a fan of the Minnesota Vikings. He also supports English Premier League side Everton.
Fish married Stacey Gardner, a California attorney and "Briefcase Model" on NBC's Deal or No Deal, in a Jewish wedding ceremony in September 2008 (Gardner is Jewish). Fish's friend and fellow tennis player James Blake served as groomsman. He is also good friends with Andy Roddick and Bob and Mike Bryan.
His biggest weapons were his strong serve and reliable backhand, and he often won points at net with adept volleying. His most reliable shot was his two-handed backhand, which he could flatten out effectively to end points. His forehand was more inconsistent, though it improved toward the end of his career. In 2010, he dropped over 30 pounds, from 203 to 170. This enabled Fish to become much fitter, faster and maintain longer rallies.
Fish endorsed the Wilson BLX Six.One 95 18 by 20 racquet with a hybrid of Wilson Natural Gut and Luxilon Alu Power strings. His grip of choice was Wilson Pro Overgrip. He wears TravisMathew apparel.
Equipment and playing style
Fish appeared again on Tour in July 2015 in Atlanta, but again lost in the first round of singles. Playing doubles with Andy Roddick, he won his first-round match. He also won his first-round match of doubles in Washington DC, partnering Grigor Dimitrov, but they conceded a walkover in the second round. In Cincinnati, Fish won his first singles match since 2013 against Victor Troicki. However, he met Andy Murray in the second round, and lost in straight sets, with a tiebreak in the second set. He also teamed with Tomáš Berdych in doubles, but they lost their first match. He announced that he would retire after the US Open. At the US Open, he defeated Marco Cecchinato in the first round. He bowed out in the second round after a valiant five-set stoush with 18th seed and eventual quarterfinalist Feliciano Lopez.
Fish did not play on Tour during 2014, due to an anxiety disorder. In June 2014 Fish had a cardiac catheter ablation operation to correct misfiring electric pulses in his heart. He made a return to competitive tennis in February 2015 at the Tennis Championship of Dallas, competing with Mark Knowles in the doubles tournament. He also received a protected ranking for the Indian Wells Masters, but lost in the first round to Ryan Harrison.
Mardy's first tournament of the 2013 season was Indian Wells in March. He received a bye to the second round and defeated qualifier Bobby Reynolds in three sets. He lost in the third round against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Fish did not play an ATP match again until Atlanta in July. In his first tournament back, he lost in the first round to Michael Russell in a hard-fought match. In Washington DC the following week, he won his first match against Matthew Ebden, before being downed by Julien Benneteau. He also played doubles in this event, teaming with Radek Štepánek and making it to the final, where he again lost to Benneteau, teamed with Nenad Zimonjić. After winning his first-round match in Winston-Salem, he retired in the third set against Jarkko Nieminen, citing heat stroke. The next day, he announced that he would not be playing the US Open.  
Fish did not play on tour for the rest of the season and announced before the end of the year that he would not play in the Australian Open.
In the 2012 US Open Fish was the 23rd seed. He defeated Go Soeda, Nikolay Davydenko, and Gilles Simon before withdrawing for health reasons before his fourth-round match with top seed Roger Federer.
Fish's first tournament back was the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, where he was seeded 10th. His run at Wimbledon was cut short when he lost to fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round in four sets.
He reached the quarterfinals in Miami, but was defeated by Juan Mónaco, 1–6, 3–6. Citing fatigue, he did not play any of the European clay-court season and withdrew from the 2012 French Open. What he did not tell the media until later is that immediately after his last match in Miami, he was taken to the hospital with severe cardiac arrhythmia. On May 23, he underwent a cardiac catheter ablation in Los Angeles to correct faulty electrical connections in his heart, in which those spots were cauterized in order to prevent short circuiting. He later stated that his condition had made it hard for him to sleep, and his heart felt like it was going to burst out of his chest. His condition was also very difficult mentally and emotionally, with periods when he could not stand to be alone.
He played for the first time in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, but was eliminated in the round-robin stage.
Fish continued his impressive run on the American hard courts with a comfortable 6–0, 6–2 victory in the second round of the 2011 Western & Southern Open against former world no. four Nikolay Davydenko. In the quarterfinal, he defeated Rafael Nadal, 6–3, 6–4. This was Fish's first win against Nadal. He faced world no. 4 Andy Murray in the semifinal. Fish lost, 3–6, 6–7, after a thrilling second-set tiebreak. In the 2011 US Open, he advanced to the fourth round by beating German Tobias Kamke and qualifier Malek Jaziri in straight sets in the first two rounds, and South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets with two tiebreakers in the third round. Fish was subsequently eliminated in the fourth round of the tournament by world no. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
In August at the 2011 Rogers Cup, Fish reached his fourth Masters series final, defeating Feliciano López, Ernests Gulbis, Stanislas Wawrinka, and Janko Tipsarević, 6–3, 6–4, in the semifinal. In the final, Fish faced world no. 1 Novak Djokovic, who was looking to extend his season record to 53–1. He lost to Djokovic, 2–6, 6–3, 4–6, in the final, saving three match points to come up from 0–40 in the final game. Fish rose to a career-high ranking of no. 7.
Fish reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time, after beating the 2010 finalist Tomáš Berdych in straight sets. He lost to world no. 1 Rafael Nadal, 6–3, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4. At the 2011 Farmers Classic on July 31, 2011, Fish faced Ernests Gulbis for the title, having defeated fellow American teenager Ryan Harrison in the semifinals. He finished runner-up to Gulbis, 7–5, 4–6, 4–6. This dropped him to a 6–13 mark in ATP World Tour finals. The following week, he withdrew from Washington, D.C., citing a heel injury sustained during the Farmers Classic final.
After a first-round bye in the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, he fell in the second round again to Milos Raonic, 5–7, 4–6. At the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, Fish found some rich vein of form, collecting wins over Julien Benneteau, Richard Gasquet, and notably reached the quarterfinals by winning against Juan Martín del Potro, 7–5, 7–6, who only a few weeks earlier had defeated Fish in Delray Beach. By defeating del Potro and reaching the quarterfinals in Miami, Mardy Fish overtook Andy Roddick as the highest-ranked American player on the tour. Fish's campaign continued, as he upset ATP world no. 6 David Ferrer, 7–5, 6–2, before falling to world no. 2 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open. He entered the top 10 for the first time on April 18, despite not playing, because Fernando Verdasco did not defend his Monte Carlo points.
He made the semifinals at his next two tournaments; Milos Raonic in three sets.
Fish opened his season at the 2011 Brisbane International, falling in the second round to Stepanek, 3–6, 1–6. Fish then fell in the second round to Tommy Robredo, 6–1, 3–6, 3–6, 3–6, at the 2011 Australian Open.
In Fish's return to the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, he advanced over former world no. 6 Gilles Simon, over world no. 8 Fernando Verdasco, over former world no. 7 Richard Gasquet, and over world no. 4 Murray to reach the semifinals, where he defeated former world no. 1 Andy Roddick, 4–6, 7–6, 6–1. He was edged by world no. 2 Roger Federer, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4, in the final, but jumped into the top 25 in the world rankings.