The top two singles seeds in the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas made their way to the final on Friday, but 19-year-old No. 2 seed Taylor Fritz had to work late into the night to earn his spot at T Bar M Racquet Club.
The 98th-ranked Fritz’s spot in the final wasn’t decided until the tiebreaker in the third set, where he opened a 6-1 lead before sealing a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2) victory over fellow American and No. 6 seed Denis Kudla just after 11:30 p.m.
Top seed Ryan Harrison didn’t have as much trouble in his semifinal earlier in the day, cruising to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Tatsuma Ito of Japan. The No. 78-ranked, 24-year-old Harrison finished with nine aces, and won 23 of his 29 first serves, while taking advantage of Ito’s second serve. Ito won only eight points on 26 second-serve points.
Harrison, an Austin resident who was born in Shreveport, La., and attended high school in New Braunfels before turning pro, is trying to get back to his career-high ranking of No. 43.
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Saturday’s doubles final will feature Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan of India and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia against David O’Hare of Ireland and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain. O’Hare and Salisbury came from a set down Friday night to beat No. 2 seeded Americans Brian Baker and Nicholas Monroe 3-6, 7-5, 10-6.
The finals begin at 7 p.m. with the doubles on the indoor courts at T Bar M.
Ryan Harrison, U.S. (1) d. Tatsuma Ito, Japan, 6-3, 6-0; Taylor Fritz, U.S. (2) d. Denis Kudla, U.S., (6), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2).
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, India and Christopher Rungkat, Indonesia, d. Denys Molchanov, Ukraine and Dennis Novikov, U.S., 2-6, 6-4, 10-7; David O’Hare, Ireland and Joe Salisbury, Great Britain d. Brian Baker, U.S. and Nicholas Monroe, U.S. (2), 3-6, 7-5, 10-6.
Starting at 7 p.m.
Doubles final: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, India, and Christopher Rungkat, Indonesia vs. David O’Hare, Ireland and Joe Salisbury, Great Britain (2).
Singles final: Ryan Harrison, U.S. (1) vs. Taylor Fritz, U.S. (2).