The American Christian harrison, who occupies position 789 in the world ranking and played the preliminary phase, surprised the top favorite, the Chilean Cristian Garin, 7-6 (3) and 6-2 in the ATP round of 16 match on hard court in Delray Beach, Florida (United States).
Harrison, 26, had a better ATP ranking when he reached the 162nd spot in 2013, in a career seriously conditioned by injuries. Count eight surgeries.
His victory against Garín, world number 22, made him the second-lowest-ranked quarter-finalist in tournament history, after the 2009 U.S. Open champion, Juan Martin del Potro, who reached the same stage as number 1,042 in 2016.
“I love sports, I love what I do,” Harrison told reporters. “I can’t wait to keep playing and I hope I have a couple of good, healthy years ahead of me.”
It was Harrison’s first win against a top 50 player, meeting the Italian. Gianluca Mager, who beat the sixth seed, the American Sam querrey 7-6 (8) and 6-1.
”He played well. He played very well, of course. He has won four games this week, ”including qualifying, Garín said of his opponent.
These conditions are good for him. He played very flat, very fast. The ball helps his game a lot, and I hope he can play like that for the rest of the year ”.
EIGHTH FINAL RESULTS
Christian Harrison (USA) to Christian Garín (CHI / 1) 7-6 (3), 6-2
Gianluca Mager (ITA) bt Sam Querrey (USA / 6) 7-6 (8), 6-1
Sebastian Korda (USA) bt Tommy Paul (USA / 5) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
John Isner (USA / 2) bt Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-4, 7-6 (4)