Dominic Thiem, No. 1 on the Dubai board, was eliminated in his debut at the Dubai Tennis Championships by an inspired Lloyd Harris, who achieved the most important victory of his career.
A shock defeat was suffered by Dominic Thiem, who won just 7 games against No. 81 in the world rankings, Lloyd Harris, as a result of which he said goodbye to Dubai very early, after his first match.
Harris, who has been playing very good tennis in recent days in Middle Eastern tournaments, made a really flawless match, which he ended with 23 winners and only 8 effortless errors, to eliminate the No. 1 of the board with the emphatic 6- 3, 6-4, after just 72 minutes of play.
This was undoubtedly the most important victory in the career of the 24-year-old South African, who has started his career in Dubai from the qualifiers and today also reached the 4 consecutive victories in the 500-a-side tournament.
Not only was Harris better in the game, but he left almost no room for reaction at No. 4 in the world rankings. Gaining 29 of the 30 points in his first serve and 11 of his 21 in the second, he did not allow the Austrian to reach a break point, throughout the match. At the same time he often became aggressive in the returns, to make a break in each set, in the 4th game of the 1st (3-1) and in the 7th of the 2nd (4-3).
In the 3rd round of the Dubai Tennis Championships, the 24-year-old will face Filip Krajinovic, who beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina a little earlier, 7-5, 6-4.
Kei Nishikori also made a very good appearance, beating David Goffin 6-3, 7-6 (3) and will play in the 3rd round with Aljaz Bedene, who left out Lorenzo Giustino with 6-4, 6- 3.
Τέλος, δίνοντας συνέχεια στις πολύ καλές εμφανίσεις του των τελευταίων εβδομάδων, ο Marton Fucsovics επιβλήθηκε του Pablo Carreno Busta, No.6 στο ταμπλό, με 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2, και θα παίξει στη φάση των “16” με τον Dusan Lajovic, που είχε κερδίσει νωρίτερα τον Malek Jaziri με 7-5, 6-2.