Cristian Garin, the top seed, will play American qualifier and World No.789 Chris Harrison, in the second round of the 2021 ATP Delray Beach on January 9, with the match likely to begin at around 2:30 pm local time. Get the live streaming options of this Cristian Garin v Chris Harrison match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Cristian Garin v Chris Harrison Head to Head
Given Harrison’s limited appearances at tour-level events it is unsurprising to note this will be their first-ever meeting.
Garin Headlines A Jam-Packed Delray As Top Seed
Cristian Garin was destined to achieve more milestones in 2020, but for COVID-19 which put the sporting and the rest of the world on a standstill. The Chilean had begun last season in sensational form, collecting back-to-back ATP tour titles in Cordoba and Rio – the latter his biggest in his fledgling career.
When tennis was temporarily shut down in March, Garin’s form had hit a purple patch. However, he struggled to translate it to the second half of the season inside the New York bubble.
The 24-year-old, in fairness, has never really set the world alight on hard courts and his two early defeats at the Cincinnati Masters and US Open did not raise any eyebrows.
But back on clay in autumn, he made a notable semifinal appearance in Hamburg, before he was beaten by Dominic Thiem easily on his last match in Vienna.
Overall, the hardworking Chilean went 3-8 on hard courts in 2020, highlighting the need for much-needed attention for the 2021 season where he will attempt to win his first title on the surface.
Harrison Seeking Biggest Scalp Of The Week
Chris Harrison, the younger brother of Ryan Harrison, is into the second round of the Delray Beach Open, but much like his career he fought through adversity.
The 26-year-old Harrison won a tense final set tiebreak in the second round of qualifying after appearing to have let slip an opportunity to serve for the match, to reach the main draw of an ATP tour tournament for the first time since 2018.
Chris, unlike his brother Ryan, has had limited appearances on tour in recent years due to a bone infection. He underwent a handful of surgeries in his legs and wrists. Now that he is healthy again, he has shown a glimpse of his unfulfilled talent in Delray.
In his opener, he beat Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry in a dominant display. He fired 10 aces and converted five of 13 break points to progress. He has also teamed up with brother Ryan on the doubles court and they have rolled into the quarterfinals.
Garin v Harrison Prediction and Tip
Garin’s unpredictability on hard courts makes this an intriguing first match for him. But even on a bad day, the gulf in rankings should come to the fore and I expect the Chilean to have too much to handle Harrison.
Tip: Garin to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)