If you didn’t stay up late last night to watch Roger Federer’s 76, 63 win over Ryan Harrison, you missed an excellent performance by the young American. I wouldn’t characterize the tennis between as the highest of levels, in fact it was quite sloppy, but Harrison’s tactics against Federer were quite unique.
Specifically, at the start of the video below you’ll see Harrison attacking and pressing Federer on the Swiss’s serve in the tenth game. Roger appeared to have the match in his pocket serving 5-4 for the first set but fearless Ryan went after Federer by coming in to the net on not one but two of Federer’s second serves in that 10th game.
On the first point of the game Harrison attacks off his backhand and follows to the net to force the error.
At 0-15, Harrison again goes after Federer’s second offering forcing yet another error.
At 0-30, some worry and uncertainty maybe creeps in as Federer double faults to give Harrison 0-40.
At 15-40, Harrison again charges the net off a second serve but this time after a mediocre first volley the teen is unsuccessful as he watches Federer connect on the pass. But the effort has to be applauded.
Harrison did break at the 30-40 point to even for 5-5 but the way he did it is what leaves an impression. How many players have you seen be this aggressive and willing to rush the net on Federer’s second serve? This kid is doing it at just 18 years of age! That’s why so many say he’s has such a bright future ahead of him.
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