No. 26 seed Lorenzo Sonego of Italy will face South Africa’s Lloyd Harris in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Lorenzo Sonego v Lloyd Harris match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Lorenzo Sonego v Lloyd Harris Head to Head
World No. 28 Sonego has never met the World No. 50 Harris before.
Sonego in Top Form
Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego is headed to Paris in top form. The 26-year-old right-hander, who is 15-9 overall this year, has a 9-3 record on clay in 2021.
Sonego will be making his third main draw appearance at the French Open. He had reached the fourth round of the tournament last year, which still remains his best-ever showing at a Grand Slam. The Italian, who lost in the first round in 2019, survived a five-setter against Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez in the first round last year and then ousted Alexander Bublik and Taylor Fritz in straight sets to reach the Round of 16, before being knocked out by Diego Schwartzman.
This year, the Italian was off to a slow start, losing in the first round in Melbourne-2 and the second round of the Australian Open after a dramatic five-setter against Feliciano Lopez.
Sonego reached his first quarterfinal of the year in Montpellier, and then entered the Round of 16s in Dubai and Miami to cap off the hard court season. However, he produced his best results on clay, where he began his season by clinching the title in Cagliari. Sonego defeated Laslo Djere in the final for his second career title, adding to the one he won on the grass courts of Antalya in 2019.
The Italian, who also had a runner-up finish in Vienna in 2020, carried the Sardegna form to Rome, as he defeated Gael Monfils, Gianluca Mager, Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev en route to his first Masters 1000 semifinal, which he lost to Novak Djokovic in three.
Harris Looking to Overcome Slow Start on Clay
Facing Sonego in the first round will be South Africa’s Lloyd Harris, who is 9-5 on hard courts this season, but 1-3 on clay.
Harris began the year by producing his best-ever Grand Slam result by reaching the third round of the Australian Open. He continued his good hard court form, reaching the Round of 16 in Doha, before bringing out his A-game in Dubai that saw him reach the final as a qualifier.
Harris defeated Christopher O’ Connell, Dominic Thiem and Filip Krajinovic in the first three rounds in Dubai, and continued his march forward with wins over Kei Nishikori and Denis Shapovalov in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. Harris’ stunning run ended with a defeat to Karatsev in the final.
Harris’ only win on clay this year came in the Round of 64 in Madrid, when he defeated Grigor Dimitrov.
The 24-year-old South African will be playing in the French Open for the third time in his career. He won his first-round matches against Lukas Rosol in 2019 and Alexei Popyrin last year, however he couldn’t win two in a row in either of the years, falling to Borna Coric and Matteo Berrettini respectively.
Sonego v Harris Prediction and Tip
It should be a fascinating contest, however, Sonego will hold the edge having displayed wonderful form this season.