Fixture: (3) Denis Shapovalov vs Lloyd Harris
Date: March 19, 2021
Tournament: Dubai Tennis Championship
Venue: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Category: ATP 500
Area: Outdoor hardcourt
Cash prize: $ 1,897,805
Match time: Not before 17:00 local time, 18:30 IST
Live TV: USA – Tennis Channel
Review of Denis Shapovalov and Lloyd Harris
Denis Shapovalov will face Lloyd Harris in the semifinals of the 2021 tennis championship in Dubai on Friday.
Shapovalov knocked out Jeremy Chardy in straight sets in Thursday’s quarterfinals, winning 7-5, 6-4. Meanwhile, Harris’ dream dream in Dubai continued with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Kei Nishikori later in the day.
There is no denying that Denis Shapovalov plays sublime tennis all week. But at the same time, Harris ’form in the Middle Eastern city cannot be ignored.
The South African has a string of six wins in Dubai, which includes several wins in qualifying. In the main draw, Harris took to the field defeating seed Dominic Thiem in the second round.
Harris dominated Thiem so he didn’t face a single break ball throughout the match. Harris then defeated Filip Krajinovic, before he fooled Nishikori’s midfield with aplomb.
The 24-year-old proved that his big win over Stan Wawrinka in Qatar a week ago was no coincidence. Harris ’consistency and endurance made him a tough nut to crack even for the most experienced activists on the tour.
It will be a difficult task for Shapovalov, who enjoys his purple stain. The third-placed Canadian has not dropped the set in Dubai yet, and perhaps even more impressively, he has not been broken once.
After a surprise exit in the second round against Taylor Fritz in Qatar, Shapovalov pulled on his socks in Dubai, where he is now one of the favorite companies for the title.
Denis Shapovalov vs Lloyd Harris, mutual duels
Denis Shapovalov and Lloyd Harris have never faced each other on tour before, so their mutual score is currently 0-0.
Prediction by Denis Shapovalov and Lloyd Harris
In a week full of excitement and unexpected results, it is difficult to measure the outcome of a match between two players in form like Denis Shapovalov and Lloyd Harris.
Shapovalov, however, has little advantage on paper, given his numbers this week. The Canadian scored an incredible 76 of his 85 points for the first serve, which is a cumulative win percentage of 89.4%.
Even on the second serve, Shapovalov has a respectable 67.8% win percentage. Statistics suggest that Harris must return extremely well to stay with Shapovalov in the match.
However, Harris scored at least a quarter of the return points for the first serve in every main draw match he played this week. The South African certainly has a good fight in him against anyone.
If Shapovalov can maintain form and rhythm, he should make it to the finals. But strange things happened this week, especially when Lloyd Harris was involved.
Prediction: Denis Shapovalov win in three sets.