Surprise in Dubai. Lloyd Harris (81st) beat Denis Shapovalov (12th) 6-7 (5), 6-4 and 7-6 (6) in the semifinals and reached the ATP 500 final. In two hours and forty minutes of play, the South African from qualifying was very solid, confirmed his good performance in the tournament and dispatched the third seed to play his second final on the circuit.
Harris confirms that he is the sensation player in the UAE with high-flying tennis. After overcoming three rounds from qualifying to enter the main draw, the 24-year-old tennis player he defeated the Australian Christopher O’Connell in the first round, in the next instance he did the same and gave the blow to Dominic Thiem (4th) and then chained victories against Filip Krajinovic and Kei Nishikori respectively to reach the semifinals.
He will also contest his first final in a 500 category ATP competition. During 2020 he reached the final of the ATP 250 in Adelaide where he fell to the Russian Andrey Rublev.
The one born in Cape Town 24 years ago held a record of 3 wins and 4 losses before arriving at the tournament, with a good performance at the Australian Open that allowed him to reach the third round where he was eliminated by the American Mackenzie McDonald. In contrast to what has been achieved so far in the United Arab Emirates, in the previous edition, the tennis player had lost in the first round when he was defeated by Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
With almost two meters in height and strong blows both forehand and backhand, Harris will have the opportunity to greatly improve his current ranking (81st), his best historical position (he reached 72nd in the world in January 2020) and to lift an ATP title for the first time in his professional career.