TennisSection previews the 2021 Toronto Open as Rafael Nadal takes on Lloyd Harris in the Round of 32 on Wednesday, August 11th, 2021.
Will Lloyd Harris show us that the biggest win of his career against Rafael Nadal just last week in Washington was not a fluke? Will Rafael Nadal show us that he is determined to get revenge and dominate this match as he should have done last week? As we now know, both of them can win this match, but only one will make their way to the Round of 16 of the 2021 Toronto Open. Who will it be?
Lloyd Harris put on a solid performance last week at the Washington Open, beating Nadal in the Round of 16 and reaching the Quarter-Finals where he lost a tight match against Kei Nishikori. Here at the 2021 Toronto Open, Lloyd has started off strongly again, beating Brayden Schnur in straight sets 6-3/6-2 in his opening match, and he is now setting off a rematch against Rafael Nadal. Will the South African be able to shock us all again and show us that he can beat the big players as he has a very power hitting game and he can dominate matches when he is feeling it.
Rafael Nadal will be looking to defend his title here at the 2021 Toronto Open, hoping to get himself back into form after having a sub-par week last week at the Washington Open where he lost in shocking fashion to Lloyd Harris. His loss against Harris was quite unlucky because his forehand hit the tape which allowed Lloyd to have more time on the match point. However, Nadal will still be telling himself that he should not have even been in a situation where that was possible, and he has been training a lot to ensure he comes out here at the 2021 Toronto Open to get revenge straight away against Lloyd Harris and give himself some momentum in the hopes of defending his title.
Rafael Nadal and Lloyd Harris have met 1 time before, with Lloyd Harris leading the head to head 1-0. Their match last week was a tight 3 setter, when it should not have been that much of a contest, and I am sure that Nadal will ensure this does not happen again. Rafael Nadal learns quickly from mistakes and his mistake was not having enough confidence in his forehand down the line, which did not allow him to take enough risks when he could have. Nadal has been training to improve and get back to his best, and Lloyd Harris will see that when you annoy one of the Big 3, they definitely come out and get their revenge in style. Nadal will cruise in 2 sets here as he makes his way to the Round of 16 of the 2021 Toronto Open.
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