The world No. 51 Lloyd Harris of South Africa will be up against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia, ranked 34th in the quarter-final of the 2021 Halle Open on Friday, June 18. Get the live streaming options of this Lloyd Harris v Nikoloz Basilashvili match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Lloyd Harris v Nikoloz Basilashvili Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 24-year-old South African and the Georgian, who is six years older.
Harris’ Best Performance Since Dubai
For the South African number one, reaching the quarter-finals in Halle is his best performance since he finished runner-up to Aslan Karatsev in the fianl of Dunai back in March.
He has got to this stage with two contrasting victories. First he had a good and convincing win over Gael Monfils, beating the world number 16 and eighth seed in straight sets without too much difficulty.
However, he was made to work much harder to beat the Slovak qualifier, Lukas Lacko, the world 214 on Thursday.
Harris began well, breaking Lacko in the opening game of the match and then controlling the rest of the set, forcing another break for good measure, with everything wrapped-up in just over half-an-0hour.
The second set was a much tighter affair altogether, as serve dominated, with Lacko saving the only two break points which were created.
The resulting tie-break developed into a marathon, as the fortunes swayed one way and then the other. Lacko had a set point but that was saved, and then it was the turn of Harris to get a match point, but that was saved as well.
Lacko then had a second set point, could not take it, and that ultimately proved to be decisive as Harris was able to convert his second match point.
Basilashvili Finding His Feet on Grass
Although Basilashvili would not describe himself as a natural grass court player, he has now one four successive matches in Halle, two in the qualifying competition and now two in the main draw itself.
His latest win came on Thursday night against another qualifier, the world ranked 119, Arthur Rinderknech of France.
Basilashvili began strongly, breaking his opponent in the first game of the match. He then broke him again and served out, and, at that stage was in total control of the match.
And, after he had saved three break points in his opening service game of the second set and then broken the Frenchman once more, it looked like an easy victory lay in store.
However, Rinderknech shows character to break back once more, , and the match went wit serve, although the Frenchman missed three set points to level the match.
That proved to be a costly mistake as he was broken again next game and Basilashvili was able to clinch the win in his next service game.
Harris v Basilashvili Prediction and Tip
Neither man is known as a grass court expert, but Basilashvili is the higher ranked of the pair and has more experience in major tournaments, which may just give him the advantage.