Er­ror-filled dis­play knocks out Raonic

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Howard Fen­drich

NEW YORK — Mi­los Raonic’s face was red, his body the very pic­ture of weari­ness. His left wrist was both­er­ing him. So was his left thigh.

A Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist just last month and seeded No. 5 at the U.S. Open, Raonic dou­ble-faulted 15 times and was stunned Wed­nes­day in the sec­ond round at Flush­ing Mead­ows, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 by Ryan Har­ri­son, a qual­i­fier from the United States ranked only 120th.

Un­til Mon­day, Har­ri­son, 24, hadn’t won a sin­gle main-draw match at any ma­jor since the 2013 French Open. Last week, he and his younger sib­ling, Chris­tian, be­came the first pair of broth­ers to both qual­ify for the U.S. Open.

“I’m ex­cited to keep mov­ing for­ward,” Har­ri­son said dur­ing an on-court in­ter­view at the new Grand­stand sta­dium.

While he was helped by his op­po­nent’s myr­iad prob­lems — Raonic re­ceived re­peated vis­its from a trainer — Har­ri­son played cleanly after re­cov­er­ing from a dou­ble-fault that ceded the open­ing set.

He wound up with 33 un­forced er­rors, mak­ing just one in the fi­nal set of the 31⁄ -hour match. Raonic’s to­tal was 62, in­clud­ing 21 in the third set alone.

“I was my own worst en­emy to­day,” Raonic said. “I tried the best I could to find my way out of it. My body didn’t let me.”

In other ac­tion, No. 3 Gar­bine Mugu­ruza, the French Open cham­pion, made 38 un­forced er­rors and bowed out 7-5, 6-4 against Anas­tasija Sev­as­tova. All four of Mugu­ruza’s U.S. Open ap­pear­ances have ended in the first or sec­ond round.

No. 9 Svet­lana Kuznetsova, the 2004 cham­pion, took the first four games be­fore los­ing 6-4, 6-4 to Caro­line Woz­ni­acki, who is un­seeded but is a two-time U.S. Open run­ner-up. Woz­ni­acki beat a top-10 op­po­nent for the first time in nearly a year.

De­fend­ing men’s cham­pion No­vak Djokovic reached the third round when his op­po­nent, 49thranked Jiri Ve­sely, with­drew a cou­ple of hours be­fore their match, cit­ing in­flam­ma­tion in his left fore­arm.

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Ryan Har­ri­son cel­e­brates after his sec­ond-round up­set of fifth-seeded Cana­dian Mi­los Raonic on Wed­nes­day.

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