Roberto Bautista-Agut vs. Lloyd Harris - 2021 Miami Open Second Round
Friday March 26th, 2021
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Seventh seeded Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain faces unseeded South African Lloyd Harris in the Second Round of the 2021 Miami Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Friday March 26th, 2021 at a time yet to be determined.
This will be the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour and it is sure to be a very exciting one. Given their form, it is a bit unfortunate that this match is happening so early in the draw at the 2021 Miami Open. Can Lloyd Harris continue his giant-killing run with yet another upset here? Or will the ever-reliable RBA get the win as expected and advance to the Third Round?
Roberto Bautista-Agut is currently ranked #12 on the ATP rankings and is the seventh seed here at the 2021 Miami Open. He has long been considered one of the most reliable and consistent players on the ATP Tour, and almost never puts on a bad performance. His huge fighting qualities coupled with his powerful flat groundstrokes make him a handful on every surface, but especially hard courts, where he thrives. He enters this match as the favorite, and has been in mixed form. Early Round exits in Rotterdam and Dubai sandwich a Final appearance in Qatar, but he will be looking to get his season back on track with more consistent performances.
South African Lloyd Harris is currently ranked a career-high #52 and is coming off possibly the best week of his career, with a Finals showing at the 2021 Dubai Open. He has always showed flashes of brilliance but finally put it all together, upsetting Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov en route to the Final. With his big serve, powerful groundstrokes and newfound confidence, he will surely be a handful here on these Miami courts. While RBA is the big favorite, Harris has built some serious momentum and can not be taken lightly here.
This will be a very exciting encounter and should not be missed. Normally RBA would be too steady for the South African, but Harris has been playing some inspired tennis and will be full of confidence here. I do think that this will go the distance, but I expect the experience of RBA to win out in the end. It won't be easy and I am sure he would have preferred to open his Miami Open campaign with an easier match, but RBA will eventually win here and advance to the Third Round.