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Indian Wells: Blaze of Glory

Posted by gauloises1 on March 16, 2011

(WC) Ryan Harrison d. (WC) Milos Raonic, 76(1) 46 64

Blame Canada the U.S.A.

I was really hoping that Raonic would take care of Harrison in this particular battle of the North American young guns / wildcard recipients. For one thing, I really do like Raonic; for another, I don’t care for Harrison at all, mainly based on how he behaved at Queens last year (a lot like Roddick at his worst without the charm). But I was nothing but impressed by his game yesterday and his attitude; he threw himself neck-or-nothing at Raonic’s serves and the net equally and displayed great touch and a cool head at the biggest moments.

Not that Raonic played badly at all. It was a fun, high-quality match that had a lot of wild predictions being thrown around (the Grand Slam rivalry of the future? We’ll see) and Harrison’s play definitely definitely justified a big celebration.

He gets Federer next. Best of luck with that, young man.  

3 Responses to “Indian Wells: Blaze of Glory”

  1. Glad you agree with me on the Harrison attitude thing. He behaved abominably in Melbourne with the attitude and I’ve shitlisted him ever since. Then again, there’s plenty of time for him to change my mind… After all, Roddick did eventually grow on me too – though that was at the ripe old age of 26.

    Plus, how adorable is Milos? “Did you expect to do this well so early on in your career?” “No!”.

    Read both pressers for comparison.

  2. AmyLu said

    I really enjoyed watching this match. I like both players’ games (and actually probably are more drawn to Harrison’s game), but I find Raonic much easier to root for and get behind. Ever since Steve Tignor wrote his piece on hedgehogs and foxes, I see Raonic and think Hedgehog. So he’s now Raonic the Hedgehog to me.

    I was actually impressed with both at the end of the match. Raonic did a great job of making Harrison earn it, and while Harrison visibly tightened and had some “chokes,” he overcame them to win the match.

  3. eric said

    Could y’all please give more details about the bad attitude that Harrison displayed in Queen’s and Melbourne? What exactly did he do and should I start to hate him for it?

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