CAMPBELL'S HALL OF FAME TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Harrison Advances In Newport; Hewitt Reaches Semis
by ATP Staff|
Sixth seed Ryan Harrison won an all-American second-round contest on Thursday at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport as he dismissed Jesse Levine 6-3, 6-4. The 20-year-old Harrison converted two of his four break points and won 73 per cent of points on serve for victory in 71 minutes.
Harrison is through to his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season and second on grass, after reaching the semi-finals at the AEGON International in Eastbourne (l. to Seppi) last month. He improved to a 20-16 match record on the season.
Harrison goes onto face German qualifier Benjamin Becker, who upset third seed Milos Raonic of Canada 6-3, 6-3. World No. 112 Becker won 89 per cent of points behind his first serve and broke Raonic three times to claim his eighth win of the season in 63 minutes. Victory for Becker avenged the semi-final defeat he suffered to Raonic in San Jose in February.
"If you qualify you have three good matches under your belt," explained Becker. "You know the courts, which is a little bit of an advantage over the guys who have only played one match. He didn’t serve many aces, whereas last time I played him he served nearly 30 aces. His serve wasn’t as effective today; I made him play a lot on his second serve and used my chances."
Second seed Kei Nishikori followed Raonic out of the draw, losing to American Rajeev Ram 7-6(6), 6-3 in his quarter-final match. The 28-year-old Ram, ranked 100 places behind World No. 18 Nishikori in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, has enjoyed success at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament in the past, winning both the singles and doubles titles in 2009.
Also in quarter-final action, former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt dismissed Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-3. The 31-year-old Australian, who is playing in Newport for the first time since 1998, capitalised on a 44 per cent first-serve conversion rate from Sela to break serve five times, claiming victory in 78 minutes.
Having been sidelined for nearly four months after toe surgery, Hewitt has dropped to World No. 233 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. He is through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final since June 2010, when he won his 28th tour-level title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle (d. Federer).