Lloyd Harris continued his fantastic week in Dubai and beat Denis Shapovalov after a great battle to become the first qualifier to qualify for the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
After 2 hours and 41 minutes of battle, Lloys Harris beat Denis Shapovalov 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (6) to claim the first ticket to the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
The 24-year-old South African, who is ranked No.81 in the world, will become the first player to start his Dubai campaign from the qualifying stage and will play in the final of the event.
He even managed to do it by making a great turnaround against Shapovalov, No.3 in the rankings, as he was trailing by a set and a break, at 2-4 of the second set. He managed to win the next 4 games, which gave him the 2nd set 6-4 and put him back in contention for the title.
In the 3rd set, both players protected their serves and neither player reached a break point. The tie-break was one-way and there Harris reached match point first, at 6-5. Shapovalov erased it by mini-breaking, but Harris had a second match point, which he capitalized on to take the tie-break 8-6.
Having won nine of his last 10 matches, in Doha and Dubai, Harris qualified for the most important final of his career, his first in a 500 tournament. It is his second final overall on the tour, following the 250 in Adelaide in 2020, where he was beaten by Andrey Rublev.
Tomorrow he will again have a Russian opponent, either Rublev again or Aslan Karatsev, who are currently fighting for the second semi-final.