IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program alum Ryan Harrison will face Michael Russell today in the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston, Texas. The tournament follows Harrison's appearance for the victorious American Davis Cup team in Monte Carlo this weekend, as the team triumphed over France.
In Houston this week, Harrison defeated Alex Bogomolov Jr. in the opening round 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 before overtaking Igor Kunitsyn in the second round in straight sets. His Quarterfinal opponent, Russell, defeated No. 1 seed Mardy Fish in the second round in three sets.
Harrison, who finds himself tied for the highest rank of his young career, has a great chance of improving that ranking during the clay-court season, and it starts by finishing strong in Houston. Before the tournament kicked off Matt Fitzgerald of ATPWorldTour.com caught up with Harrison for a quick Q&A.