- South African tennis player Lloyd Harris had a good run in the US Open and made it to the quarter-finals of the competition
- Performing in Grandslams is always important and Harris delivered, making South Africa very proud of him
- Even though he made it far in the US Open, Harris still thinks that beating Rafael Nadal was a greater achievement
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Lloyd Harris, a South African tennis player, thinks reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open is his career highlight to date, even more so than defeating Rafael Nadal who is a 20-time Grand Slam champion.
After reaching the final eight of the year's final Grand Slam in New York, Harris has risen to a career-high ATP ranking of 31. In recent years, the 24-year-old Capetonian has steadily climbed the rankings, but in 2021, he has taken his game to new heights according to News24.
Harris also defeated three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka at the Qatar Open, but his most memorable victory of the year came last month in Washington, DC, when he defeated Rafael Nadal.
While the victory over Nadal was unquestionably memorable, Harris feels his US Open performance, which netted him more than R6 million, will be even more significant.
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"Obviously when you beat a legendary player like Rafa, who's achieved everything that he's achieved in his career, it's probably one of my most memorable matches that I've ever had," said Harris.
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Lloyd Harris beats Rafael Nadal in Washington
Briefly News previously reported that Lloyd Harris recently beat 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal in an ATP match.
The score was 6-4 1-6 6-4 in a third-round match at the Citi Open. Rafael Nadal lost his ATP comeback event on Thursday after a two-month hiatus, but said his ailing foot is improving and that he believes "big things are possible."
Harris, who finished in a career-high 50th place, hailed it his best victory. One of his victories in 2021 came in Dubai, where he defeated fourth-ranked Dominic Thiem, the defending US Open champ according to Sport24.