A win and a loss for Mark’s return in Scottsdale

February 24, 2005: The wins just didn’t last in Scottsdale with Mark falling to Ancic 1-6, 6-7 (3-7) last night. While it wasn’t a win Mark did some some excellent game in the second set and made Ancic work for the win. Next Mark hopes to play in the Pacific Life Open starting March 7th, but is waiting on word of a wildcard slot.

February 23, 2005: It’s only taken 240 days, but Mark has finally won another match! He defeated Behrend 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 at the first round in Scottsdale last night. Despite a 90 minute rain delay in the third set Mark kept his composure. It wasn’t the prettiest of matches but Mark is reported to look fitter (he’s lost 8.5 pounds) and moving sharper on the court. Here’s hoping he can build on that win! Next up is Ancic, against whom Mark has a 2-0 record, both matches being on hardcourt. The match is scheduled to start at 6:0pm PST.