After 7 Years, Ryan Harrison Finally Got His First Top 10 Win, Now He’s Ready To Become The Best In The World!

by Tom Gainey | February 26th, 2015, 10:00 am

Ryan Harrison is never short on confidence. Last night the brash American collected his first career Top 10 win beating Grigor Dimitrov 75, 46, 60 in the second round at the Acapulco Open.

The 169th-ranked Harrison entered the match 0-22 lifetime against Top 10 players until the win yesterday over the defending champion. And he was quick to remind everyone he still intends on becoming the very best in the world.

“I feel good,” said Harrison who had to qualify for the event. “I got into qualies as an alternate… and obviously here we are now. It’s crazy how things work.

“I’m just happy to be here. I’m really excited to focus on my career,” he said. “I want to be the best tennis player in the world. It’s one of those things where you care about what you’re doing, you love what you’re doing and you want to be the best.”

The 22-year-old Harrison has been as high as No. 43 in the world in the summer of 2012. Will this win finally get him moving back up the rankings, or is he someone who will never make it event to the Top 20?

This season Harrison has a Challenger title at Happy Valley (Australia) and he qualified at Memphis and Acapulco. He’s won eight of his last nine matches. Tonight he faces Ivo Karlovic.

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13 Comments for After 7 Years, Ryan Harrison Finally Got His First Top 10 Win, Now He’s Ready To Become The Best In The World!

Ben Pronin Says:

Congrats to Harrison but what is going on with Dimitrov lately?

brando Says:

Damn grigor is already making me regret my post on the other thread. And wow: first win after 7 years, congratulations Ryan but a tad surprised to see that stat.

Aarontennis Says:

I thought that Harrison would be back playing on the Futures Circuit by now. Great news for him!

RZ Says:

Glad Harrison is starting to climb back up the rankings.

Didn’t Dmitrov win Acapulco last year? If so, his ranking is going to drop a bit.

Hippy Chick Says:

RZ yeah Grigor was the defending champion,not a fan but congrats to Harrison on a good win….

sienna Says:

he is still fat. youcanot call that babyfat anymore.

jane Says:

dimitrov, sigh. harrison’s never been short on confidence; let’s see if he can live up to the proclamation!

SG1 Says:

22 is still reasonably young. He has a big game but you need more than a big game to be number 1. We’ll see if he can follow this up with some big wins.

As others have mentioned, it’s Dimitrov that has to leave people scratching their heads. He sort of broke through a bit last season. It is early on in the season but confidence comes from winning and he needs to start getting in the win column ASAP.

Humble Rafa Says:

This Anrgy Boy has so much Arrogance that the Arrogant One likes him.

SG1 Says:

Don’t know where Harrison fits into the “next generation” thing. These days, he almost has the handicap of being American. I think that learning the game on red dirt is a huge advantage in today’s baseline-centric game. Then there’s the pressure of carrying a nation’s hopes on your shoulders. Not an easy road ahead for Harrison.

Emily Says:

I saw Jared Donaldson at last year’s UO and even though he’s still a teenager, he has a great game. His serve is huge for a 17 year old (i think that’s his age) and if I had to guess, he is the next American hope. However, everyone said that about Donald Young, so it’ll take a couple of years to know.
I was never that impressed w/ harrison’s game, to be honest. Good for him as he is now in the semis.

RZ Says:

Harrison scored another good win over Dr. Ivo. Not too many players can claim that they beat Dr. Ivo by winning two tiebreakers.

Bob Lewis Says:

Why do they schedule the matches so late for the Acapulco tournament?

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