American Ryan Harrison pulls off first big upset of US Open

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Ryan Harrison had plenty to be happy about, as he pulled off a huge upset over Milos Raonic. (Getty Images)
Ryan Harrison had plenty to be happy about, as he pulled off a huge upset over Milos Raonic. (Getty Images)

The third day of US Open action delivered the tournament’s first big shocker as world No. 120 Ryan Harrison stunned Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic in the second round.

The 24-year-old Texan prevailed 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 over the fifth-seeded Raonic to make his first-ever appearance in the third round of a Grand Slam.

“It was extremely physical out there but I was playing on adrenaline,” Harrison told reporters after the match. “This is a big win for me. I have been playing well all summer.”

Raonic struggled with injuries and cramps throughout the match. He took a medical timeout in the third set to tend to an ailing left wrist, but the heat and humidity seemed to take a greater toll on the Canadian’s body. Raonic looked completely spent as the match grew on, wincing with every movement and barely putting up a fight in the fourth and final set.

Harrison’s performance highlighted a strong day for the American men, as Jack Sock and John Isner also advanced to the third round.