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Fish gets big, becomes US No. 1

sports Updated: Apr 01, 2011 01:25 IST

Mardy Fish ousted an ailing David Ferrer to reach the semi-finals in Miami on Wednesday, and ensured he'll become the top-ranked American on the ATP Tour. Fish, seeded 14th, defeated the sixth-seeded Spaniard 7-5, 6-2.

While Ferrer had plenty of praise for Fish's strong performance on serve, he said he couldn't really rise to the challenge because of a stomach ailment. "I think it's the digestion," Ferrer said. "I went to the court, and I when I run to rallies, a lot of pain in my stomach. In the second set, I cannot run anymore."

Fish said he wasn't aware of Ferrer's illness, although he did notice the Spaniard's form fell in the second set. "Obviously he missed a lot more, especially in the second set, than he normally does," Fish said adding that the windy conditions had made the play difficult.