Ryan Harrison joined fellow American Tim Smyczek in the second round of qualifying at the French Open.
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By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
Ryan Harrison and Tim Smyczek moved one step closer to a place in the main draw of the French Open, winning their opening round qualifying matches on Tuesday at Roland Garros.
No. 7 seed Smyczek rolled through Gerard Granollers of Spain, 6-2, 6-2, and snapped a five-match losing streak in the process. The world No. 107 hammered down six aces and looked dominant in the baseline rallies, needing less than an hour to move into the second round of qualifying. He’ll play the winner of the match between Toni Androic of Croatia and Tristan Lamasine of France.
Smyczek is seeking his first main draw appearance at the French Open since 2011, but he’s excelled in Grand Slams before. He reached the third round of last year’s US Open before narrowly losing a thrilling five-set match on the Grandstand.
Meanwhile, No. 21 seed Harrison battled through a tense match with David Guez of France. Fighting off a vocal crowd and the determined play of his opponent, Harrison rallied from a break down in the second set to advance, 7-5, 7-6 (2).
The world No. 127 has shown promising form throughout the clay court season, qualifying for the ATP Tour event in Houston and defeating world No.48 Julien Benneteau earlier this month at the ATP Masters Series event in Madrid. He’ll play James Ward of Great Britain in the next round.
Harrison won his first main draw match at the French Open last year before falling to John Isner in a marathon five-set match. He has also been excelling on the doubles court in 2014. Harrison and fellow American Jack Sock reached the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, as well as the ATP event in Delray Beach. Last week, he teamed with another American in Alex Kuznetsov to reach the finals of the $100,000 challenger in Bordeaux, France.
Kuznetsov, Jarmere Jenkins, Denis Kudla and Austin Krajicek all lost in their opening round qualifying matches on Tuesday.
The women will take the court for their opening round qualifying matches tomorrow. Melanie Oudin, Victoria Duval, Grace Min, Irina Falconi, Madison Brengle and Sachia Vickery are all scheduled to compete for one of 12 spots in the main draw.