Dubai Tennis: Qualifier Harris stuns top seed Thiem

Lloyd Harris stunned world number four Dominic Thiem. (ATP Twitter)
Lloyd Harris stunned world number four Dominic Thiem. (ATP Twitter)

Dubai - Thiem lost to the South African world No.81 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes

By James Jose

Published: Tue 16 Mar 2021, 11:56 PM

Last updated: Wed 17 Mar 2021, 12:10 AM

South African Lloyd Harris conjured the biggest win of his career, ousting top seed and world No.4 Dominic Thiem in the second round of the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday night.

In the last game of the night on Centre Court at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre, Harris knocked out last year’s US Open champion and Australian Open runner-up 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes.

Thiem was broken in the fourth game and Harris then served out the first set in 32 minutes.

Thiem put up a slightly better show in the second as it went on serve until Harris achieved the crucial break in the seventh game. The 24-year-old then served out for the match.

The world No.81 had rallied from a set down to beat another qualifier Australian Christopher O’Connell in the first round, after having worked his way through qualifying.

He had also defeated world No.21 and 2016 Dubai champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, in the second round of the Qatar Open, having come through the qualifiers.

Harris will now meet 14th seeded Serbian Filip Krajinovic in the next round.

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