In a shocking show of tennis on Tuesday on the Dubai Responsibility Free Tennis Championships, 24-year-old Lloyd Harris dispatched No. 1 seed Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4 in simply over an hour and earned the largest win of his profession.
Thiem has not had the very best of instances within the Gulf, bowing out to Bautista Agut in Doha, and shedding to Harris on the Dubai Responsibility-Free Tennis Championships. Sending cannons for a primary serve, Lloyd stamped his authority on the number-one seed.
Below the lights on a fast court docket, Thiem didn’t handle a single breakpoint.
The South African proved the extra constant participant on the stroke to earn the primary breakpoints of the match at 2-1 and he transformed his second likelihood with a cross-court backhand winner. With a great attain and a 97-per-cent first-serve win, Harris held serve with out being pressured to deuce.
In the course of the second set, the World No. 81 capitalized on a breakpoint at 3-3 when he rushed Thiem with deep backhand returns and capitalized on two double faults. Thiem is likely one of the greatest backhand gamers on tour, however Harris confidently engaged in backhand-to-backhand rallies.
Dominic’s quest to be the primary Austrian since Thomas Muster in 1997 to carry the Dubai trophy is placed on maintain. For now.
Harris will meet 14th seed Filip Krajinovic for a quarter-final spot. The Serbian saved all 4 break factors he confronted to defeat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5, 6-4 in 80 minutes.
Earlier within the day, Denis Shapovalov got here by means of an intimidating opening match at Dubai Responsibility Free, defeating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1 6-3 to succeed in the third spherical. A centered Shapovalov seemed in management in opposition to an opponent that he misplaced to within the final 4 encounters.
His turnaround in fortunes may also be credited to having former two-time Dubai runner-up Mikhail Youzhny in his teaching nook. Shapovalov stated: “Misha instructed me the balls can be flying, however that just about fits my recreation. My goal to select my goal on my serve and play the way in which I’ve throughout observe.”
Kei Nishikori held off his nerves within the remaining set as he battled previous fifth-seeded Belgian David Goffin 6-3, 7-6(3) over one hour and 53 minutes on Tuesday for a spot within the Dubai third spherical. The World No. 41 expressed his need to be again within the ATP Prime 10 rankings earlier than ending his profession.
Aslan Karatsev continued his exceptional run of success for the reason that season started by overcoming quantity 12 seed and 2020 semi-finalist Dan Evans 6-4 4-6 6-4. Eighth seed Karen Khachanov was stretched to the restrict by match wild card Alexei Popyrin, edging by means of 6-4 3-6 7-6(4) after a grueling two hours 16 minutes.
Malek Jaziri’s match was ended 7-5 6-2 by Eleventh-seed Dusan Lajovic, thirteenth seed Hubert Hurkacz beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4, sixteenth Jannik Sinner defeated Alexander Bublik 2-6 7-6(2) 6-4 and seventeenth seed Lorenzo Sonego overwhelmed qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-2 6-2.
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