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Lloyd Harris stuns Rafael Nadal in D.C.

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

South Africa’s Lloyd Harris upset World No. 3 Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in the third round of the Citi Open on Thursday night in Washington, D.C.

Harris blasted 16 aces to defeat Nadal in two hours, 10 minutes. Harris was able to save four of six break points.

It was the first meeting between Harris and Nadal and the biggest win of the 24-year-old’s career.

Nadal wasn’t able to muster the victory after fending off Jack Sock in a three-hour match the night before.

American wild card Jenson Brooksby took down No. 2 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada 6-3, 6-4. The 20-year-old underdog won 26 of 32 first-serve points (81 percent) and saved both break points he faced against the 15th-ranked player in the world.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori rallied from a set down to upset No. 7 Cameron Norrie of Great Britain 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Nishikori overcame Norrie’s nine aces by breaking his serve seven times out of 12 opportunities. He’ll face Harris in the quarterfinals.

Australian No. 11 seed John Millman got by American eighth seed Reilly Opelka 6-3, 7-6 (4), while No. 5 seed Jannik Sinner of Italy won a pair of tiebreaks to eliminated American No. 12 seed Sebastian Korda 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3).

–Field Level Media