Dubai Tennis: Qualifier Harris overcomes Shapovalov to enter final

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on March 19, 2021
Lloyd Harris hits a backhand return during his semifinal on Friday. (ATP Twitter)

The unheralded South African faced a tough battle against the Canadian player

Lloyd Harris became the first qualifier in tournament history to progress to the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after overcoming the challenge from third seed and world No.12 Denis Shapovalov on Friday night.

The unheralded South African, who had felled top seed Dominic Thiem of Austria and 14th seeded Serbian Filip Krajinovic earlier in the tournament, faced a tough battle against the Canadian.

But the world No.81 held it all together to prevail 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the semifinal that stretched to two hours and 41 minutes on Centre Court of the Aviation Club Tennis Centre.

The 24-year-old Harris will go up against second seed Andrey Rublev of Russia or wildcard Aslan Karatsev, also of Russia, for his first career title.

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