Nadal vs Harris: will Lloyd create problems for the favorite?
The last match of the Round of 16 is between Rafael Nadal and Lloyd Harris. Will the Spaniard be able to win his next match in Washington? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Nadal's first win at the Citi Open has been difficult for him. After taking a month's rest, the Spaniard decided to start his preparation for the US Open with an appearance at the tournament in Washington. But already in the first match, he faced some problems. Nadal needed three sets to defeat Jack Sock (6-2, 4-6, 7-6).
We want to mention, that so far, Nadal is having a disappointing tour. He was eliminated from the Australian Open in the quarterfinals, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas. The King of Clay was also defeated by Novak Djokovic in the final of Roland Garros.
Harris has achieved all his best results on hard courts this season. His most successful tournament so far was the Dubai Open, where the South African tennis player reached the final. In the decisive match, Lloyd lost to Aslan Karatsev, but still, thanks to his performance at the tournament, Harris got to the 50th line of the ATP ranking.
Harris only played one full match in Washington. In the previous round, his opponent Tennys Sandgren pulled out while losing with a score of 4-6, 0-1.
Tie-breaks were played in 3 of Harris's last 4 matches.
In 4 of Nadal's last 5 matches, no more than nine games were played in the first set.
As the first round showed, Nadal has problems. The Spaniard has missed a big part of the tour and has not yet gained good form. It is unlikely that he will suddenly have a massive improvement, and we believe he will not be able to easily defeat Harris. We suggest playing a positive handicap to the South African tennis player.
Our prediction - handicap (+4.5) games to Lloyd Harris.
Prediction: Handicap (+4,5) to Harris
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Harris has a powerful serve, so he can hold Nadal back for a long time. Surely, if Sock could do it, Harris also can. The South African is showing a more beautiful game at the moment.
Second prediction - total over 20.5 games.