TennisSection previews the 2021 Washington Open as Rafael Nadal (1) takes on Lloyd Harris (14) in the Round of 16 on Thursday, August 5th, 2021.
Will Lloyd Harris get close to or even get under his belt what would be the biggest win of his career and one of the most shocking upsets in recent tennis history? Will Rafael Nadal improve on his tight first match back on hard after not having played in 2 months on the ATP Tour? This will be a good match to see where Nadal’s game is at and how he has improved/learned from his opening match as he aims to make his way to the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Washington Open.
Lloyd Harris did not have to win the match fully in the Round of 32, winning the first set 6-4 and leading the second set 1-0 against Tennys Sandgren before the American had to retire with an injury. Lloyd Harris had a great first quarter in 2021, reaching far in many small tournaments and then getting the biggest win of his career when he beat Dominic Thiem in Dubai. Lloyd is a power hitting player so hard courts are his best conditions for him to succeed. However, he has been handed the toughest draw as he now meets Rafael Nadal. Can the South African cause the huge upset here at the 2021 Washington Open?
Rafael Nadal came through a very testing and challenging opening match here at the 2021 Washington Open, beating the very determined Jack Sock in 3 sets 6-2/4-6/7-6. Nadal began the match in amazing fashion, dominating the first set. However, Jack Sock knew he took sets off of Nadal in the past so he decided to give it his all and he was able to get a set under his belt. In the third set, things were tight, but once the tiebreak came around, Nadal was still fresh and energized, whilst Sock was tired from tyring to keep up with the Spaniard. Nadal will be happy he has gotten through that match, but he will be hoping he can dominate easier against Lloyd Harris as he now aims to make his way to the Quarter-Finals.
Rafael Nadal and Lloyd Harris have never met before, with this being their first meeting on the ATP Tour. Lloyd Harris will aim to take some confidence in the fact that Jack sock took a set off of Nadal. However, Nadal does not let stuff like that hurt him and he learns from it quite quickly. That was Nadal’s first match on hard since the Australian Open and his first match back in 2 months so there was some rust. Nadal has now worn that off somewhat and he will come out here and dominate this match against Lloyd Harris as he gets himself one step closer to the title as he reaches the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Washington Open.
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