By Art Spander
NEW YORK — He was playing in the same tennis tournament, the U.S. Open, from which he walked away almost three years ago to the date. Mardy Fish was back as much to be the role model he couldn't find in others as to write a chapter of a story he conceded is about to end.
On Sept. 3, 2012, Fish, then one of America's best and the 23rd seed in that Open, pulled out of a fourth-round match against Roger Federer, saying it was for "precautionary measures" and on doctor's orders. Fish had missed two and a half months of the season because of an irregular heartbeat and in May had undergone a medical procedure.
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