Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray plays the in-form young South African Lloyd Harris in the opening round of the 2021 Miami Open on Wednesday, March 24. The exact match time is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Andy Murray v Lloyd Harris match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andy Murray v Lloyd Harris Head to Head
This will be the first meeting both players.
Wild Card Murray Looking For Results
Former world number one and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray continues his return to the tour in 2021 and it has not looked to get any easier. The mix of of injuries, early losses and challenging wins has continued.
After winning the European Open at Antwerp in late 2019, the successful Andy Murray comeback that tennis was hoping for did not quite happen in Covid-stricken 2020, with disappointing performances at the French & US open for Murray who did not play a whole lot more last year.
After skipping the Australian Open this year, Murray made his ’21 debut at Montpellier with an opening round loss to Belarusian Egor Gerasimov. A better run followed at Rotterdam the next week with a good win against Dutch veteran Robin Haase in the opener and although he looked able to match Andrey Rublev for some part of their second round match, he was never going to have enough for the red hot Russian.
With a wild card in Miami, the Briton will be hoping for a good run as only recently he mentioned how he still believes he still has it in him to win another Wimbledon. An opening first round against in-form Harris and a potential second round against Roberto Bautista Agut; the two-time Wimbledon champion will need to hit the ground running here in Florida.
Harris Fresh From Strong Dubai Run
24-year-old South African Lloyd Harris has been on the tour for only a couple years now, and did well to break into the top 100 of the ATP rankings as of late 2020.
The winner of 13 ITF Futures titles, Harris’s career however has really taken off in the last couple weeks, and more so as recently as last week and he is now ranked a career high world number 52 after a successful run last week in Dubai that saw his ranking catapult up 29 spots.
2021 did not get off the best of starts for Harris, but the South African started to get it it together with a strong win two weeks ago in Doha against Stan Wawrinka before a narrow loss to in-form Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.
Arriving in Dubai for the ATP 500 last week, he looked clinical in the qualifiers and followed it with a string of impressive wins, notably a straight set win against 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem, a convincing three set quarter-final win against Kei Nishikori and a comeback three set win against Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals.
In the final he was up against another player having a dream run, i.e. Russia’s Aslan Karatsev and although Harris was convincingly defeated in straight sets, it was a great tournament for the South African and one that would have done wonders to his confidence and self-belief going forward.
Murray v Harris Prediction and Tip
This will be an exciting encounter with Harris who is currently on song, and Murray with his never say die attitude. A week ago, Murray may have been favored, but the South African is playing some very good tennis right now and unless the last week in Dubai has taken a real toll on him, expect him to outdo Murray in a tight three- setter.
Tip: Harris to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)