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Ryan Harrison loses a heartbreaker in 5 sets.

Teenager Ryan Harrison squandered a great chance to claim a second shock victory of the week in the US Open after failing to take three match points against Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Harrison, 18, who beat 15th seed Ivan Ljubicic in the opening round, was 6-3 ahead in the fifth-set tie-break but lost the next five points in succession – one of them by crucially serving a double fault – as Stakhovsky held on for a 6-3 5-7 3-6 6-3 7-6 (8/6) victory.

“I just got a little bit tight when I needed to come through,” admitted Harrison, who has been tipped by John McEnroe to eventually become one of the top 10 players in the world.

“It was incredibly fun, the first time I’ve played in the main draw at the US Open was two days ago and to have a crowd like that behind me was incredible.

“I’m obviously not the happiest person in the world right now, but looking back it was a great experience.”

There was better news for the home crowd with John Isner, winner of the longest match in history at Wimbledon earlier this year, reaching the third round with a four-set win over Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli.

Isner hammered down 24 aces on his way to a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 win in just under three hours on Louis Armstrong Court.


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