NEW YORK — Ryan Harrison, an 18-year-old from Louisiana with a well-developed all-court game that includes a willingness to play volleys after his serve, played his first-ever fifth set Friday on the Grandstand Court at the U.S. Open.
As the crowd roared, Harrison tried to win one of the three match points he earned himself in an end-game tiebreak.
He couldn't. Harrison's 36th-ranked opponent, Sergiy Stakhovsky, caught up to his inexperienced opponent and pulled out the match 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).
But the way Harrison played, full of aggression and creativity, offers hope that the U.S. has another generation of men who might challenge in major...