Harrison takes out Quigley in first round
By Reece Waddell
For the first time in three years, the No. 1 seed prevailed in the first round of the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas.
Ryan Harrison knocked off Eric Quigley 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets to advance to the second round of the tournament. Harrison will face Mackenzie McDonald on Wednesday.
Both sides looked shaky out of the gate, faulting on several serves and struggling to return volleys. After a sequence of intense rallies, Harrison eventually settled in, and looked the part of top dog. He took the first two games of the first set, dominating play with viscous forehands and serves.
And just when it looked like it would be a short night for Harrison, Quigley came back, stealing the next two games to even up the set.
But Harrison would not be denied.
The tide turned yet again in the fifth game when Harrison lofted a lovely shot over Quigley’s head to claim the point and momentum.
Harrison continued to dazzle the crowd with impressive cross-court volleys that flustered Quigley, and as a result, moved to match point. Trying to mount another rally, Quigley failed to place his shots, resulting in a 6-3 set win for the tournament favorite.
In the second set it was more of the same, with Harrison getting off to another fast start. He frequently used a powerful forehand to his advantage, blistering shots down the line that left Quigley scrambling for answers.
Down 3-0 and in a deep hole, Quigley composed himself, and managed to force the game to deuces several times. The two exchanged points for a moment, but it was Quigley who got the last laugh, floating a shot over Harrison for the win.
The duo then traded games, and with the score 5-2, Quigley again found his back against the wall. Needed to win the next four games to force a decisive third set, Quigley managed to claim two straight games to make things closer at 5-4.
That’s when Harrison shut the door.
A few aces later, Quigley finally folded. Down to his last breath, Harrison sent a volley Quigley was not able to return. Looking winded, he sent a shot into the teeth of the net to give Harrison the match victory.
And perhaps more importantly, a chance to do something no No. 1 seed has done since 2013 – win the tournament.
Top-seeded doubles duo falls on Day 1
In a change of course, it was the No.1 seeded doubles team, not singles, which was upset in their opening round match.
Rajeev Ram and Julio Peralta fell in straight sets Monday evening on Hamilton Family Stadium Court to Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Christopher Rungkat in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
The last time a No.1 seeded doubles squad fell to start the tournament was in 2015 when James Cerretani and James Cluskey were eliminated by the experienced pair of Mardy Fish and Mark Knowles.
Nedunchezhiyan and Rungkat will face the winner of Denis Kudla/James McGee and Mackenzie McDonald/Max Schnur.
In the other doubles match of Monday, Sekou Bangoura and Luke Bambridge edged out the wildcard team of Ian Dempster and Shane Vinsant 7-6(0), 7-6(5).
Bangoura was a doubles finalist in last year’s event alongside Dean O’Brien.
There are two doubles matches scheduled for today.