Mardy Fish wasn't supposed to have much trouble with Alejandro Falla on Day 3 of the 2012 Australian Open. In fact, he wasn't supposed to have much trouble at all until he got to Juan Martin Del Potro a couple of rounds from now. Instead, he's out of the tournament after a poor performance, with Falla defeating him in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (6).
Fish's first serve percentage was actually better than Falla's, but Fish made 58 unforced errors during the match to Falla's 34. In the third set, many of the errors were very bad misses on shots that Fish usually executes with ease. He gifted Falla a number of holds of serve on bad errors, while Falla capitalized on his chances in the match, converting on five out of six break points.
Falla will now move on to face Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round. This section of the draw could feature a fourth round match with Del Potro for a winner, while Roger Federer will be the likely quarterfinal opponent for the players in this section of the draw.