ATP Tour

Harrison, Basilashvili advance to Memphis final

2017-02-19 08:11
Ryan Harrison (AFP)

Los Angeles - American Ryan Harrison and Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, unseeded players seeking their first ATP titles, advanced to the Memphis Open final with straight-set triumphs Saturday.

Harrison, ranked 62nd, ousted compatriot Donald Young 6-4, 6-4 while Basilashvili, ranked a career-high 67th, won for the ninth time in 10 matches, downing Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (7/5), 6-1. The two finalists will meet for the first time.

Basilashvili defeated world number eight Dominic Thiem last week en route to the semi-finals in Sofia, where he lost to eventual champion Grigor Dimitrov.

The Georgian's only prior ATP final came in last July's Austrian Open, where he lost to Italy's Paolo Lorenzi.

Harrison had lost in all five prior ATP semi-final appearances, most recently in 2015 at Acapulco to Spain's David Ferrer.

Basilashvili blasted five aces, had no double faults and won 75 percent of his first-serve points to win in one hour, 46 minutes.

Red-hot Basilashvili scored the biggest upset of the tournament when he beat top seed Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

Kukushkin, ranked 103rd, reached his first semi-final since 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

Harrison won 30 of 39 first-serve points and saved four of the five break points 81st-ranked left-hander Young managed, surrendering his serve only in the eighth game of the final set.

Young had routed Harrison on Houston clay in 2014 but retired against him in the third set of Harrison's 2015 Acapulco run.

Read more on:    atp tour  |  memphis open  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy


When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.