Photo via Ryan Harrison's Facebook Page
Everyone, myself included, thought that Roger Federer was going to DESTROY newbie Ryan Harrison last night in the 4th round of the BNP Paribas Open. I mean, COME ON, he was playing The Maestro, 11 years his elder, who was going to teach him a lesson or two about what it really takes to be on top of the game of tennis, and initially it was cringe-worthy as Ryan was easily broken in his first service game.
But then something amazing happened. At the young age of 18, under the lights and in front of a huge crowd, he shook off the nerves, composed himself, and showed everyone that he's got game. It was a gutsy performance, and even though the scoreline was 7-6, 6-3, I don't even feel like he lost, Federer just did what he does best, and elevated his game and won. I still can't completely come to grips with the fact that Ryan is still a teenager in possession of such dangerous weapons as his forehand and return of serve. I feel like it should be illegal.
What I do know, is that as long as he stays injury free, I think the sky's the limit for this kid. Who says American Tennis is in trouble?