The world No. 62, Lloyd Harris of Argentina will take on Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, the world number 214, in the second round of the 2021 Halle Open on Thursday, June 17. Get the live streaming options of this Lloyd Harris v Lukas Lacko match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Lloyd Harris v Lukas Lacko Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 24-year old South African, and the Slovak, who is nine years older.
Harris, a Beaten Finalist in Dubai
With Kevin Anderson’s numerous injury problems, Harris is now the number one ranked South African player, and reached his second senior final in Dubai in March. Losing to Aslan Karatsev in straight sets.
That was his best performance of the year to date, and he has not been further than the second round of any event since then.
He has only qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon once in his career, losing in the first round in 2019.
The South African began his grass court preparations this year last week in Stuttgart, where he beat Gilles Simon of France, before losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets.
However, he had a good win over Gael Monfils, the world number 16, and number eight seed, on Tuesday.
Harris began well, breaking Monfils in the opening game of the match. The rest of the set went with serve and Monfils was unable to threaten any comeback.
The trend continued into the second set, and, in the seventh game, Monfils was broken again. Harris needed no second invitation and served out without any undue alarms.
Qualifier Lacko Produces Halle Upset
Lacko, an Eastbourne finalist on grass three years ago, who came through two rounds of qualifying, produced one of the surprises of the first round by beating Guido Pella of Argentina, a former Wimbledon quarter-finalist on Tuesday.
The first set was dominated by serve, and when Pella was broken, he hit back straight away, and it resulted in a tie-break which the Argentine eventually won.
Again, the second set went with serve, although Pella was forced to save four break points in one game. However, serving to stay in the set, the Argentine presented Lacko with another break point, and this time the Slovenian took it.
And it was Lacko who took the lead for the first time in the match by breaking Pella early in the third time. The qualifier then underlined his position with a further break and there was no way back for Pella from there.
Harris v Lacko Prediction and Tip
Lacko has done well to get this far, but Harris will be buoyed by his victory over Monfils, and should progress to the next round.