Tennis Channel Commentator Cool on Ryan Harrison
Tennis Channel’s commentator, Doug Adler, apparently needs time to warm up to the prospect of a US player defeating his beloved Federer. Even though we, at USTN, will call attention to opportunities for more U.S. success, we are ultimately in the corner of our U.S. players during every match we attend.
Here is Doug Adler’s comment after Harrison went down 0-1 (15-40) last night at Indian Wells, “Yeah, I think he’s going to give a clinic tonight I think” followed by a question to Adler from Robbie Koenig: “Is it going to be as close as the Devvarman-Nadal match?” Adler: “No, it wont even be anywhere that close” (Harrison’s match ended 6-7, 3-6 vs. Devvarman’s loss of 5-7, 4-6. The lack of support from Adler is extraordinary. Adler continued: “I mean that’s child’s play for Federer.” (after Federer hit an easy winner from Ryan’s topspin approach shot from the baseline)
At deuce, 1-3… Ryan Harrison has an aggressive play which Federer barely reaches with a flick backhand overhead that ricochets off Ryan’s frame. Ryan looked solid putting Federer on the move. Adler’s comment? “Shame… Ahh.. This is a mismatch right now… Harrison just trying to do what ever he can, but if you don’t hit just the right shot against Federer, he makes you look really bad.” Robbie Koenig was notably silent.
When Ryan misses a shot or doubles, “he is excited…” when Federer misses a sitter, it is “so unusual.”
Harrison opened vs. Federer at Indian Wells with an impressive 6-6, (3-3) start, and later lost the tie breaker.
Ryan ended by saving three match points serving at 6-7, 2-5, (0-40) – Then at deuce, the crowd cheered watching him serve to the deuce court, ripping a cross court forehand winner on the short return followed by 134 mph down the T for his ad, and finally 121mph to the Fed backhand for a service winner bringing the score to 6-7, 3-5. Unlike the first set, Federer was able to serve out the match on his first attempt.
Ryan Harrison is coached by his father and USTA coaching staff… Both of whom are not able to convince him to stop using the cross court approach shot. Twice in the second set, Ryan was soundly beat with easy passing shots after a cross court approach.
One more point on USTA tactical coaching issues… Ryan won only 12 of his 29 second serves… A long noted USTN principle states that more double faults are acceptable when 2nd serve win percentages are low. In other words, since Ryan’s first serve percentage was 69%, if Ryan had attempted more ‘first serves’ on his second attempt, he may have won up to 20 2nd serve points instead of 12… Even if he double faulted 8 additional times, he would end up with same 12 points won on his 29 second serve attempts… Not to mention this may increase 1st serve percentage by grooving the serve.
Harrison’s Bag Check? Likes his Babolat Pure Stone Limited GT Racquet, Nike wrist bands, Eats the Muscle Milk Bars, has a USTA “Strength and Conditioning Program” with his name on the cover (which appeared to be a bit generic for US Tennis’ best furure prospect.) Ryan’s quote? “Tennis players have some of the most dangerous feet to look at”
Some of Adler’s positive comments? “Gotta admire the guts of this kid” “Never allowing Federer to feel comfortable”
P.S. Watch out for his younger brother Christian Harrison…