TennisSection previews the 2021 Miami Open as Roberto Bautista-Agut (7) meets Lloyd Harris in the Second Round on Friday March 26th, 2021.
This is one of the more interesting Second Round matches here at the 2021 Miami Open. The always reliable Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain will face the in-form South African Lloyd Harris in what is sure to be a very entertaining clash. Will the South African #1 be able to pull off a stunning upset after his heroics in Dubai? Or will the Spaniard advance here as expected? Regardless of the outcome it is sure to be a spectacular match and one that should not be missed.
Roberto Bautista-Agut is currently ranked #12 in the ATP world rankings and is the seventh seed here at the 2021 Miami Open. An extremely dangerous player, he goes about his business very quietly but is one of the most consistent players on the tour. The Spaniard has an extremely solid all-around game, with powerful flat groundstrokes on both sides and elite movement. He enters this event in mixed form, with two early round losses in Dubai and Rotterdam sandwiching a Finals appearance in Qatar where he was stunned by Nikoloz Basilashvili. While he enters this match as the strong favorite he will be very weary of his opponent’s strong recent form and is not one to underestimate anyone. One of his biggest strengths is his focus and he will be very confident of advancing here over Lloyd Harris.
South African #1 Lloyd Harris is currently ranked a career high #52 in world and has been in tremendous form of late. He started the year very strongly, but has turned it up a notch by reaching the ATP Dubai Final last week, shocking the tennis world by upsetting Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Denis Shapovalov before losing to Aslan Karatsev. His confidence will be sky high, and that along with his huge serve will make him a very dangerous opponent on this surface. While he enters this match as the firm underdog, he is carrying some serious momentum and clearly is not overwhelmed when playing the top players. He certainly has the game to spring the upset here and will be backing himself to advance here at the 2021 Miami Open at the expense of Roberto Bautista-Agut.
This will be the first meeting between the two players and their head to head record stands at 0-0. A few months ago I would have predicted straight-sets win for Roberto Bautista-Agut as Harris was a very inconsistent player at the time. However, he has improved tremendously since the start of the season and has matured greatly as a player. With a game as big as Harris’, all that is needed is a little confidence and he will have that in abundance now. This has all the makings of a three-set thriller, and I am going with the Spaniard here. His experience will prove invaluable, and that will be the difference in this match. Expect Lloyd Harris to continue his great tennis and put up a huge fight, but he will ultimately fall short here at the 2021 Miami Open. Roberto Bautista-Agut will win here and march into the Third Round.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Roberto Bautista-Agut to win.