That's the scuttlebutt around the US Open grounds as the Qualis enter their third day. I talked to Tim Mayotte, Springfield, Mass native and former No. 7 in the world, and two-time semifinalist at Wimbledon. Mayotte against the two great American players of his era, JMac and JConnors, was a respectable 5-12, but against Ivan Lendl, the big New Englander out of Stanford was a fugly 0-17, winner of only three sets out of 46. In his biggest match against Lendl, though, Mayotte lost 9-7 in the fifth set of the 1986 Wimbledon finals.Here's Mayotte's thoughts about Mardy Fish's chances at the Open:"I got to the quarterfinals of the Open in 1989. I never came into this tournament thinking I could win it. I thought I could win Wimbledon on the fast grass courts. I was quite a good player on grass and fast indoors (Mayotte beat JMac in the finals of the carpet indoor event in Philadelphia one year), but on a regular hard court, I never thought I could win. My game was at the net and I liked the low bounces of the Wimbledon courts back then."I think Mardy can win the Open. I think he's shown on this surface and in this kind of tennis, he can beat the top players. As a complimentary example, I felt I could play with and had beaten all the top players in the late-'80's on grass. John had fallen off by that time, but I had beaten Becker and Edberg, so I felt I could beat them in big situations. It was legitimate."With Mardy, his best success has come on hard courts, plus the courts here at the Open, I don't know how they are this year, but they tend to be faster than the other hard courts. One drawback for Mardy, getting deep into a Grand Slam is a unique experience. There's a fatigue element, and a spotlight one that being the top American now he's going to feel tremendous pressure right from the first match. That is something that will be unique for him and it will take a lot of things going right."People talk about the value of experience, but I think there's a value in not having experience. Sampras here and Becker at Wimbledon, the first years they won, would be good examples of that. Mardy's got a lot of memories and tough times here, too. I think the first couple of rounds will be very telling. The tension is squarely on him with the way U.S. tension has dropped off. I wouldn't be surprised if Roddick does well because the pressure has dropped off him."But the pressure being on Mardy now, he's got to deal with that well. I remember in 1986 at Wimbledon, Arthur Ashe interviewed me on NBC and he asked, "Do you think you can win this tournament?" I had won Queens the week before beating both Becker and Edberg. When you're asked that question, and the spotlight is on you, that's another level of pressure. Then you have to have belief."But why not? Mardy's on a roll, he's had consistent results for quite some time. He knows what its like to push to the end of a one-week tournament. He's in great shape and that should be able to help him win three-out-of-five. But jumping the final hurdle and beating one of the Big Three here will be tough. There's definitely the thought of beating a top guy in a big slam match and the way that the top guys walk around the court like they own the space. Becker used to talk about Centre Court Wimbledon being his living room. He's been there, there's a sense that its his territory. But Mardy should think about Schiavone and Gaudio, totally-unexpected winners. The chips have to fall his way. Which probably won't happen here because the top guys usually prevail at the Open. So Mardy's probably going to have knock off two or three of the top guys. But he can do it."