TennisSection previews the 2021 Wimbledon Championships as Andrey Rublev (5) meets Lloyd Harris in the Second Round on Wednesday June 30th, 2021.
An exciting encounter awaits us as fifth seeded Russian Andrey Rublev will face Lloyd Harris of South Africa in the Second Round of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. Both men were made to work in their First Round wins and will be backing themselves to win here and advance to the Third Round. Who will come away with the victory?
Andrey Rublev has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the rankings over the past few years, and is now sitting on a career-high #7 ranking on the ATP Tour. He won five titles last season and will be looking to win his maiden Grand Slam title here at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. While he has performed well at the other majors, he has never advanced past the Second Round at Wimbledon and will be hoping to break that streak this year. He had some good preparation for this event by reaching the Final in Halle, and is in good form on grass at the moment. He struggled early on against Federico Delbonis and knows he will have to be much better here against the big-serving Lloyd Harris.
Lloyd Harris is ranked #51 on the ATP Tour and is unseeded here at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. The South African has improved significantly over the past few seasons and while he does not have much experience on grass he has the game for it with a huge serve and big groundstrokes, so it is a matter of gaining experience now. He was impressive in his opening round win over the experienced Ricardas Berankis, winning in three very tough sets. While he is the underdog here, his opponent Andrey Rublev also doesn’t have much experience on grass and may be vulnerable here.
This will be the second meeting between the two players, with Andrey Rublev leading the head to head 1-0. The Russian won their only meeting last year in Adelaide. While Rublev is the clear favorite, this is his least favorite surface, and on a good day, Harris is capable of causing the upset. However, I am still backing the big Russian here. He has displayed tremendous consistency over the past two years, and he is good enough to figure the surface out over five sets, and I see him getting a close win here, advancing to the Third Round of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
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