Harrison gains confidence from Savannah title

by: Matt Cronin April 29, 2013

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Ryan Harrison wins the USTA Savannah Challenger, the first time he has won five straight matches since qualifying for the ATP event in Sydney in January and reaching the quarterfinals.

The 20-year-old American had gone 1-7 since losing to top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Australian Open. Harrison pushed his ranking up to No. 81 after beating Facundo Arguello in the Savannah final.

“My main goal in Savannah was to be consistent,” Harrison told Savannah Now. “With each match, I began to feel more confident. When your confidence is low, it seems like it’s hard to hit it within a couple feet of the line. When your confidence is high, you feel like you can squeeze it in there. Today, I thought I could put the ball wherever I wanted to.”

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