• Harrison advances, Verdasco upsets Dolgopolov in Eastbourne

    6/18/13 4:10 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Harrison advances, Verdasco upsets Dolgopolov in Eastbourne Alexandr Dolgopolov, the No. 6 seed at the AEGON International, was ousted in the first round by Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

    Fernando Verdasco def. Alexandr Dolgopolov (6) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

    The Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov continued with his disappointing spring season with a first round ouster in Eastbourne. The No. 6 seed won a couple of matches at Queen's Club last week, but he'll limp to the All-England Club after this beating at the hands of struggling Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

    A couple of early breaks for Dolgopolov in the first set lead to a 6-1 lead. But Verdasco turned the tables on the Ukrainian. Dolgopolov didn't have another break point for the match as the Spaniard rolled to the win.

    Ryan Harrison (Q) def. Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(4)

    American Ryan Harrison, who was forced to qualify for this event, had a good win on Monday over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. Wins have been hard to come by for Harrison, whose record coming into this week with 5 wins for the entire year.

    Harrison showed some mental toughness. After dropping the second set, the American clawed his way to the break at 4-4. He served for the match at 5-4, but Mathieu broke back again. Harrison held to force the tiebreaker, where he just edged the Frenchman.

    Harrison will take on No. 7 seed Andreas Seppi in the second round.

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i think it is time for harrison to really get in the stride and break into top 20

isfand , 6/18/13 10:37 PM

I think Ricky called it with Verdasco possibly beating a struggling Dolgo. Maybe Verdasco is starting to get back on track.

As for Harrison, it's nice to see him get this win. He hasn't really done much this year so far. Maybe he can find his game at this tournament. I am concerned that he doesn't seem to be progressing. It is nice to read that he showed some mental toughness, because this is a quality that has been sorely lacking.

It will be interesting to see how he does against Seppi.

Nativenewyorker , 6/19/13 12:37 AM

lets hope harrison now grows up and starts rising to the challenge

isfand , 6/19/13 2:18 AM

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