Harrison goes from U.S. Open sideshow to headliner with win

Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:54pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the U.S. Open began Ryan Harrison was one half of a Flushing Meadows feel good story as he and younger brother Christian become the first siblings to come through qualifying into a grand slam main draw.

Christian departed in the opening round and according to the rankings and the script, world number 120 Ryan was supposed to follow his brother to the exit gate on Wednesday after his second-round match against fifth seed Milos Raonic.

End of story.

Except it was not. Harrison providing an unlikely twist when he upset the Canadian 6-7(4) 7-5 7-5 6-1 to reach the third round of a grand slam for the first time in an unfulfilled career.

Raonic, 25, and Harrison, 24, both arrived on the professional scene around the same time, branded as potential grand slam contenders.

The towering Canadian has largely lived up to that promise, reaching the finals of Wimbledon in July and one of the hot contenders to lift the season's final grand slam.

Harrison, on the other hand, represents one of the many false dawns of U.S. men's tennis which continues to await the next wave of champions.

There was another crop of promising American teenagers, including Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz and Jared Donaldson sprinkled throughout the U.S. Open draw. Ranked 120 and still without a career title, Harrison was a forgotten man.   Continued...

Aug 31, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Ryan Harrison of the United States celebrates after his match against Milos Raonic of Canada (not pictured) on day three of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Harrison won 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-5, 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports