World number 21 Felix Auger-Aliassime will be up against the 54th-ranked Lloyd Harris in the second of the 2021 Stuttgart Open on Thursday, June 10. Get the live streaming options of this Felix Auger-Aliassime v Lloyd Harris match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Felix Auger-Aliassime v Lloyd Harris Head to Head
There has been just one previous match played between these two players and it came in the qualifiers of the 2018 French Open. Auger-Aliassime had won that one in straight sets.
Auger-Aliassime Hoping to Shrug off Clay Debacle
It is fair to say that for a player ranked 21st in the world, Auger-Aliassime would have liked to do more than what he eventually managed on clay this season.
Other than a quarterfinal appearance at the Barcelona Open and making it to third round in Rome, Auger-Aliassime fell in the opening rounds at four of the tournaments he played in on clay to end it on a win-loss of 4-6.
What’s also interesting to note is Auger-Aliassime’s not played a lot of tennis on grass either.
In fact, in his entire career since 2015, the only season he did feature in on grass was in 2019 when he did well. At this very competition, he was a losing finalist to Matteo Berrettini, then made the semifinals at Queen’s and finished Wimbledon in third round.
What needs to be looked at is Auger-Aliassime had shown sparkle on other surfaces as well in 2019 which he translated into good form on grass too.
Harris Tames Simon Easily
Given Gilles Simon’s form, there were no surprises Harris had begun his opening round match as a heavy favourite and that’s exactly how the result went too.
Harris clinched a 6-4, 7-5 win over Simon in a match lasting an hour and 22 minutes and moved into round two.
What began with three successive breaks of serve in the set one saw both players retain their serve on 12 successive occasions after that. What that meant was Harris was able to wrap up the opening set and it was 3-2 in favour of Simon but on serve in the second.
Simon broke to go 4-2 ahead but failed to take advantage of that as Harris converted one of the three break-points he had the very next game and then repeated the same in the 11th.
Having made the final in Dubai but struggled on clay, this will be Harris’ chance to get back to his strong ways this season.
Auger-Aliassime v Harris Prediction and Tip
While Auger-Aliassime is the obvious favourite given the difference in their rankings, we cannot rule out Harris’ chances here. Expect him to claim a set.