Young pretender Harrison sees his dream ended by impressive Ferrer

There were differing fortunes for two of the brightest young things in men’s tennis, with Ryan Harrison of the US beaten 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 4-6 6-3 6-2 by seventh seed David Ferrer while Bernard Tomic fought back from two sets down to see off Igor Andreev 4-6 5-7 6-4 6-3 6-1.

Both matches were delayed second-round encounters, and for 18-year-old qualifier Tomic the victory represented a significant first.

The Australian said: “It’s the first time I’ve been down in my career two sets to love and a break, and potentially a double break down.

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“I think I gave it a shot. I tested myself to win that match, to get back in that third set, and I did.”

Tomic next faces fifth seed Robin Soderling, who fought back from two sets down himself on Thursday to defeat another Australian, former champion Lleyton Hewitt.

Tomic said: “Hopefully he’s not going to like the way I play. But he can hit you off the court, as he’s done the last few years. He’s beaten a lot of guys very easily.”

Eleventh seed Jurgen Melzer completed the third-round line-up by seeing off Dmitry Tursunov 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/1), while Richard Gasquet reached the fourth round thanks to a 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory over Simone Bolelli.