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Harrison Makes Winning Start In Atlanta

Atlanta, U.S.A.

Harrison© Alex SmithAmerican Ryan Harrison is a former Atlanta semi-finalist.

American Ryan Harrison opened main draw action at the BB&T Atlanta Open, the first tournament of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Australian Marinko Matosevic

The 21-year-old Louisiana native will go for his 50th tour-level win when he next faces fourth-seeded Dutchman Igor Sijsling. Harrison reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final at this event in 2011 (l. to Fish).

Rhyne Williams advanced in a first-round match between American wild cards, defeating Denis Kudla, 7-5, 6-4. He awaits the winner between former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Two locals, Donald Young and Robby Ginepri, lost in the final round of qualifying, respectively to countrymen Tim Smyczek and Kevin King. Australian Matthew Ebden and German Mischa Zverev secured the other two qualification spots in the 28-player draw.

In doubles, third-seeded Brits Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray defeated Evgeny Donskoy and Denis Istomin 6-3, 7-6(5) in one hour and 14 minutes. 

During the Emirates Airline US Open Series, players will earn bonus points based on their performances in the five North American hard-court tournaments leading up to the year’s final major. The top three finishers will have a chance to win bonus prize money at the US Open. 

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