One day the draw is going to be kind to Ryan Harrison. But playing a top-eight player in the second round for the fourth time in his last five Grand Slams isn't exactly something the young American views with dismay.
Even if it is the very top of the top eight.
As reward for producing a steady, mature performance in testing conditions out on Court No. 8 to beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in Monday's opening round of the Australian Open, Harrison will face world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Wednesday.
"No, I don't find it frustrating," Harrison replied to questions about having to play Djokovic after beating Giraldo 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. "I look at it as a good opportunity. It's a privilege to be able to play big players on the big courts. It's what drives me. Especially now as I feel different this year. I am full of confidence after all the work I did in the offseason."
That work included sessions at home in Austin, Texas, during which Andy Roddick was frequently on hand, and later ...