Teens Harrison, Tomic Surprise In Shanghai; Another Nadal-Murray Final Ahead?
by Sean Randall | October 11th, 2011, 6:50 pm

It was a good day for the youth movement at the Shanghai Masters Tuesday. Teens Ryan Harrison and Bernard Tomic both put together impressive first round wins.

The 19-year-old Harrison upset 11th-seeded Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-3. Tomic did one better stunning the No. 9 seed Mardy Fish 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Fish had just beat Tomic last week in Tokyo, now the 18-year-old gets his revenge to move into the third round.

“It’s been a good year,” said Tomic. “I can’t expect much more from myself. I’ve had a good six months. I’m playing well here. The surface, conditions suit me. I think it’s been a good run. I’ve got to play well now in the third round. I think I’ve got a lot more to improve in the next few years. I don’t think I should set targets because when you set goals, things change, things happen. I think you’ve just got to play tennis, have fun, not have a lot of pressure. In the juniors, everything was under a lot of stress and you’d play. But if you have fun, good things happen.”

Another youngster, Grigor Dimitrov, fell to American veteran Andy Roddick who eliminated the Bulgarian 7-6(3), 7-5.

“I felt like I was returning pretty well and hitting my forehand pretty well,” said Roddick. “Then all of a sudden, I’m not putting a first serve in the court. I felt like I was getting it backwards a little bit. The guy doubles three times and lets you back in, then you kind of donate it right back, that’s not normally a recipe to win a match. [I] got through it, though. I do that pretty well: get through matches when everything doesn’t go perfectly. There’s no such thing as a bad win. I’ll keep going in this tournament hopefully.”

Next for the struggling Roddick is Nicolas Almagro on Thursday.

Stan Wawrinka also avenged his US Open loss turning away Donald Young in three sets.

As for tomorrow, tournament favorites Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray debut. Nadal plays his countryman Guillermo Garcia Lopez and looking at his draw there’s not much opposition out to the final. If he wins, Nadal will have Florian Mayer in the third round, then a tough one with Tomas Berdych in the quarters before Roddick or a countryman in the semifinal.

Murray opens with Dmitry Tursunov tonight, then Wawrinka followed by Gilles Simon possible in the quarters and JW Tsonga in the semifinals. Tsonga is also on tonight in a good one against Kei Nishikori along with David Ferrer vs. Milos Raonic who resume their rivalry.

Still, hard to pick against Murray and Nadal meeting again on Sunday.

“If you are not improving every year more and more, your chances are less,” said Nadal. “Don’t forget this is my seventh year on the tour being Top 2. That’s happened because, first thing, I was in perfect conditions mentally all these years, but second thing because I always try to improve and play better and better. That’s the goal and that’s what I have to keep doing if I want to keep being here for long time.”

And even though top ranked Novak Djokovic is not in Shanghai, the Serb’s dominance isn’t far from Nadal’s thoughts.

“Djokovic this year already won a lot of tournaments, three Grand Slams, he didn’t lose matches,” Nadal said. “I don’t believe that he changed his game unbelievably. He did a few small things better than a few years ago and that’s why his big success this year. That’s what I am going to try.”

Tennis Channel has live coverage starting at 2am ET Tuesday night.


STADIUM start 2:00 pm
J Ferrero (ESP) vs [16] F Verdasco (ESP)
K Nishikori (JPN) vs [4] J Tsonga (FRA)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 PM
D Tursunov (RUS) vs [2] A Murray (GBR)

GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
[14] J Melzer (AUT) vs S Giraldo (COL)
Not Before 3:00 PM
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) vs M Raonic (CAN)
R Stepanek (CZE) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE)
F Lopez (ESP) vs A Bogomolov Jr. (USA)

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15 Comments for Teens Harrison, Tomic Surprise In Shanghai; Another Nadal-Murray Final Ahead?

jane Says:

“And even though top ranked Novak Djokovic is not in Shanghai, the Serb’s dominance isn’t far from Nadal’s thoughts”

Although it could be simply that Rafa was asked about Novak; journalists are a little like that, you know. They seem, anyhow, to enjoy harping on the same storyline, esp if there is something perceived to be “juicy” in it.

I wonder if / when Dimitrov will ever break through. I know he is only 20, but guys like Rafa, Murray, Nole and Delpo all had big titles by this age. Hmmm.

It seems like others, Tomic, Raonic, have been able to make more noise than Gregor this year, although the Wimbledon Dimitrov vs Tsonga match was an utter thriller.

Brando Says:

I think out of all the youngsters tomic seems like the real deal. I think he has the type of game that can trouble rafa, nole, andy etc big time in a couple of years. But not just only for his game, the main reason is that each and every occassion i have seen him play against rafa or nole not once did he seem fazed by them or out of place on court by them. And having already reached a GS quarter finals at his age, for me, is already massive. I think andy reached his first aged 21? So he is doing really well i feel.

As for shanghai, i think rafa has a tough draw with potentially nalbandian, berdych and fish on his side. However, i should be a nadal- murray final, and at this stage i would favour andy IF that is the final. A 55/45 affair in andy’s favour i would say.

Kimmi Says:

I was watching dimitrov/roddick match this morning jane and Robbie koenig of tennistv said he cannot see him as a grandslam champ because his game has a lot of holes. OUCH! He said something about weak backhand which i did not catch very well.

Dimitrov broke roddick twice in the second set to be broken right back. he hits lots of double faults when serving to go ahead. he has a lot of flare for sure but maybe he needs to biff up a little..mentally he is still struggling.

Compare him with tomic for example, coming back from a set down to beat fish. he served for the match like the way it was suppose to be done. It was interesting to hear the commentators analyzing his game. they said he hits flat shots so does not have margin for error (few FHs hit the net when he had the whole court to hit to). they also said he could improve his serve for a 6′ 4″ guy…

So many positives though. reads the game well..mixing up shots with deep shots/slices that are not easy to attack. mentally very strong for an 18 year old.

I picked fish but was rooting for tomic today. didnt see a fist pump from him though, even when he won..no celebration! he just walked to the net like he is going for a changeover..ha ha! what is up with that??

Kimmi Says:

Nalbandian lost to florian mayer in straight sets. enjoy watching mayer, you cant see what he will throw at you.

Kimmi Says:

“Tomic did one better stunning the No. 9 seed Mardy Fish 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.”

Fish was no. 5 seed

dari Says:

Haha, I didn’t see the match, kimmi, but I laughed at your description of the un-phased tomic.
He is the youngest I have seen do well against the big guys recently. And all this time I thought everyone was inaccurately calling him 18, I was sure he was 19 by now for some reason.
Anyway, he is a highly entertaining player and does it all while looking so casual. Look forward to what he can do once he gets stronger and ups the power on that serve

jane Says:

Kimmi, thanks, great descripton on Dimitrov and Tomic’s matches and different styles.

I guess his birthday is a couple of weeks away, so he is almost 19.

jane Says:

^ Tomic I mean…

grendel Says:

“even when he won..no celebration! he just walked to the net like he is going for a changeover..” (Kimmi)

He’s cool, man.

He’s also very, very confident. So even when he’s getting thrashed, as he was I think at the US Open – that’s ok man, these things happen…It’s not all act by any means….

There were Aussies like that in the old days. Lew Hoad, for instance. You win some (generally against the very best), you lose some, and what about a beer?

I’m not totally convinced Tomic is really like that. Let’s see when he’s 23, with the weight of a starved nation bearing down on his shoulders…

Polo Says:

When I first heard of Grigor Dimitrov and saw his early matches when he fought well against the likes of Nadal and Gilles Simon, I was impressed. I thought he would rise quickly. Then he stalled and has not really done anything to support the early hype. I don’t expect much from him.

Bernard Tomic, seems to be another story. I did not like him initially but the more I see him play, the more I feel that he would do better than the others in his age group. He has that swagger that you see in the top players. He can make them take notice.

Michael Says:

I am not sure about the potential of Harrison as a future Star, but I am sure that if all things go well, Bernard Tomic is a potential Champion in waiting. What is good about him is that he mixes his game well keeping his opponents always in a guessing mode. Yesterday in the match against Fish, he showed the stuff he is made of making life quite difficult for Fish. Although Fish was not at his best, yet the ease with which Tomic bundled him out in the second and third sets was testimony to his dominance on the court. Tomic has added more pace and variety to his serve thereby giving the added flavour to his varied game. I see Tomic as a direct threat to the likes of Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Nadal in the near future.

Kimmi Says:

Nishikori beats Tsonga..so may upsets in shanghai. another top 10 player bites the dust.

Kimberly Says:

I still can’t believe Tomic beat Fish. I haven’t even told Colin06 yet he is busy his own soccer league and hasn’t checked the scores or draw on my iphone lately.

This tournament feels very empty though. I guess its still worth 1000 pts!

El Flaco Says:

No Djoko, Fed, Delpo, Monfils or Soderling in the tournament. Fish and Tsonga eliminated in their 1st match so Tomic, Dolgo, Giraldo and Nishikori have a great shot at the semis.

jane Says:

True El Flaco: seems like a good time for one of the “noobs” to break through at a big event.

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