Lloyd Harris maintained his good document in 2021 in opposition to Prime 20 opponents (4-0) on Monday, when he started his Mutua Madrid Open debut with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) victory over No. 13 seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
The South African didn’t convert three match factors on Dimitrov’s serve at 5-2 within the deciding set, and was subsequently damaged, however received 4 straight factors from 2/3 down within the tie-break.
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“It was an enormous up and down match, [I led by] a set and a break, then [I was] a break up within the third too,” mentioned Harris. “I obtained somewhat bit nervous on the finish, however I’m comfortable to shut it out. I began to dictate once more on the finish.”
The 24-year-old Harris, who hit 34 winners previous 2015 quarter-finalist Dimitrov, will subsequent problem Australia’s Alex de Minaur within the second spherical. “He’s a really robust opponent and he doesn’t provide you with a lot,” mentioned Harris, who’s now 10-6 on the season. “We had an epic match prior to now.”
Six weeks in the past, Harris certified for the Dubai Obligation Free Tennis Championships and beat the likes of Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov en path to the ultimate (l. to Karatsev).
Elsewhere, 2015 and 2018 Madrid quarter-finalist John Isner labored his well beyond Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-6(6) in 80 minutes. The American saved 4 break factors at 4-4 within the second set and a set level at 5/6 within the tie-break.
Isner, who hit 28 aces previous Kecmanovic, will subsequent face ninth-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut or qualifier Marco Cecchinato of Italy.