South African tennis ace Lloyd Harris recorded the largest win of his profession on the Qatar Open on Tuesday in Doha.
The 24-year-old Capetonian, who needed to qualify for the event, withstood the ability of Stan Wawrinka, the seventh seed and world No 20, in a 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (8/6), 7-5 victory over two hours and 28 minutes for a spot within the second spherical of the ATP 250 occasion.
Regardless of the heavy-handed serve from the Swiss former world No 3 Wawrinka, Harris moved on after he saved seven of the eight break factors he confronted within the match.
“I don’t have many phrases proper now,” Lloyd Harris instructed the ATP Tour.
“Stan was my idol rising up, so simply to play in opposition to him was unbelievable. I used to be as decided as I may very well be, actually pumped to play. I’m happy with how I fought again after shedding the second set. I really feel like I’ve accomplished very well up to now couple of months and I hope to maintain the momentum going.”
Wawrinka recovered from 2-4 down within the second-set tie-break, ending with a forehand method and two backhand volleys to hold the momentum into the decider.
However Harris got here inside two factors of a 3-0 lead within the third set, earlier than Wawrinka clawed his manner again – solely to be damaged within the eleventh sport. The Capetonian closed out to like, ending together with his eleventh ace.
Lloyd Harris will subsequent face world No 46 Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on Wednesday, 10 March.
Fucsovics defeated Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 in his opening match in a single hour and 44 minutes.