Rafael Nadal vs Lloyd Harris
August 5, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
Rafael Nadal meets Lloyd Harris in the third round of the 2021 Citi Open on Thursday, August 5th 2021. Who will make their way to the third round?
Will we see Rafael Nadal build on his second round match as he finds his rhythm on hard courts here in the US, or will Lloyd Harris get a shocking upset win here and shock the tennis world so early on at the Washington Open?
Lloyd Harris showed us all some good tennis in the first set of his match against Tennys Sandgren, winning the set 6-4 before Tennys had to withdraw from the remainder of the match with an injury. Lloyd will know that he can get himself far into tournaments, but he is now meeting Rafael Nadal so he will not have much of a chance here even at his best. Lloyd will have to hope for the most shocking and disappointing performance from Nadal here if he is to cause what would be the most shocking upset.-
Rafael Nadal got a tough but good win under his belt in the second round, beating the American Jack Sock in 3 sets 6-2/4-6/7-6. Obviously Nadal would have wanted to win that match in 2 sets but he did not and he can take some lessons from that match to see where he needs to make improvements for the next round. Rafael Nadal will learn and improve quite quickly here and I expect him to come out in this third round ready to dominate any opponent from now on from start to finish.
This is going to be the 1st meeting between both players, and I believe this is going to be an absolute domination from Nadal. Lloyd Harris is nowhere near the level required to compete with Nadal even when he is not at his best, so a Nadal who is determined to improve is even harder to beat. I expect Nadal to come out here and get an early break and just dominate for the majority of the match as he gets into the quarter finals in Washington without dropping a set in the third round.