American teenager Ryan Harrison has picked the right time to pick up his first win of his 2011 season.The 18-year-old recorded just his second career win against a Top 50 player on Friday afternoon, upsetting No. 49 Jeremy Chardy in come-from-behind fashion, 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 6-3.
Prior to Friday, Harrison was just 1-5 against Top 50 opponents, with his only other win coming over then-No. 17 Ivan Ljubicic at the US Open in 2010.Harrison was 0-3 entering the field at Indian Wells, but is now through to the second round and a matchup with 22nd-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain on Saturday.
Joining Harrison in the precocious players’ winner’s circle on Friday was Canadian 20-year-old Milos Raonic, who defeated Turkey’s Marsel Illhan, 6-2, 7-6(4), recording 10 aces and scoring winners on 86 percent of his first serves, and 46 percent of his opponent’s. Raonic will take on Mardy Fish for the second time in a month in the second round. He beat the American at Memphis in February.