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U.S. 15-year-old beats No. 95
HOUSTON — Fifteen-year-old Ryan Harrison beat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-3 in the U.S. Clay Court Championship on Monday to become the 10th player in the Open Era to win a main-draw match before his 16th birthday.
The Texan is also the youngest player to get a main-draw win on the ATP Tour since Rafael Nadal, the current No. 2 in the world, won his first tour match in Mallorca in 2002, and the third player this decade to do it before his 16th birthday.
Richard Gasquet of France was 15 when he won his first match in Monte Carlo in 2002.
Harrison, who will turn 16 on May 7, won 17 of 18 points during one stretch of the first set.
"You always want to feel like you can win," Harrison told the crowd after the victory. "To go out and make it happen is another thing."
Next up could be top-seeded James Blake, who plays wildcard entry Kei Nishikori of Japan in a first-round match scheduled for Wednesday night.