American veteran Fish wins comeback match at Wimbledon

CBSSports.com wire reports
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WIMBLEDON, England -- Playing his first match since having a medical procedure on his heart, Mardy Fish of the United States hit 24 aces and beat Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo of Spain 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (1) at Wimbledon on Tuesday to reach the second round.

The 30-year-old Fish hadn't played a competitive match in 2 1/2 months after having an accelerated heartbeat. In May, doctors induced extreme palpitations to try to pinpoint the problem.

Fish reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year, his best showing at the grass-court tournament.

Against Ramirez-Hidalgo -- at 34, the oldest man in the field -- Fish played his usual brand of attacking, serve-and-volley tennis. His serves topped 130 mph and he wound up with 61 winners, 43 more than Ramires-Hidalgo.

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