CITI OPEN 2013
Harrison Defeats Hewitt, Faces Del Potro Next
Washington D.C., U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The 21-year-old Harrison advanced with a 6-3, 7-5 win over former World No. 1 and 2004 champion Lleyton Hewitt on Tuesday at the Citi Open. He capitalised on all three of his break points while saving five of the Australian's six opportunities. Both Harrison and Hewitt had reached the semi-finals last week in Atlanta.
Harrison, who improves to a 10-16 season record, lost to del Potro in their one previous meeting at the 2012 US Open. World No. 7 del Potro is making his first appearance in Washington since 2009, when he successfully defended the ATP World Tour 500 title.
Defending champion and No. 9 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov bowed out in his opening match for a third straight week, falling to Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 7-6(4). Dolgopolov had beaten Tommy Haas in last year's final to win the title on his tournament debut.
Devvarman, the 2007-08 NCAA singles champion from the University of Virginia, recorded back-to-back main draw wins on the ATP World Tour for the first time since reaching the third round at the Sony Open Tennis in March (l. to Djokovic). Read: Somdev's Route To Success
American wild card Jack Sock will face No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori in the second round after opening with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Dutchman Igor Sijsling. The 20-year-old Sock won the US Open junior championship in 2010 and the mixed doubles title the following year with Melanie Oudin.
Meanwhile, American qualifier Alex Kuznetsov rallied past Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to set a second-round meeting with 2007 Washington finalist John Isner. The 6'10" Isner won the BB&T Atlanta Open on Sunday (d. Anderson) to take the early lead in the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge.
Mardy Fish and Radek Stepanek, who both won their first-round singles matches Monday, teamed up for a 4-6, 7-5, 11-9 win over fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. Third seeds Robert Lindstedt and Daniel Nestor were also upset, losing to Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic 7-6(7), 6-2.