In the quarter-finals of the ATP Halle 2021, World No. 51 Lloyd Harris will be up against World No. 30 Nikoloz Basilashvili as both chase their maiden Grass title.
Lloyd Harris vs Nikoloz Basilashvili : Match Details
|Tournament||ATP Halle Open 2021|
|Match||Lloyd Harris vs Nikoloz Basilashvili|
|Date||18th June, 2021|
Lloyd Harris vs Nikoloz Basilashvili : Preview
Lloyd Harris continues to impress this year as he reaches his first career quarter-final on Grass and 2nd of the year as he moves past Lukas Lacko in the Round of 16. Harris won the tie 6-3, 7-6(8) to register his 3rd win of the season on Grass and 4th of his career.
In what has been a great season for the South African, he is now finding his rhythm on Grass as well, the only surface where he struggled for victories. After his sensational run at the 2021 Dubai Open where he made it till the finals after starting from the qualifying rounds, expectations had risen from the South African who’s now performing well after a rather disappointing Clay season.
Nikoloz Basilashvili reaches his first quarter-final at the Halle Open after failing to o so in his previous 3 attempts. Nikoloz who started from the qualifying rounds at the tournament this year, has dropped only 1 set in his run so far as he enters his 4th quarter-final of the season. He defeated Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 7-5 to advance into the last-8.
Nikoloz has already matches his best ever season wins on Grass as he registers his 5th win. 2021 has been a rather good season for the Georgian clinching 2 titles already this season that include his 2021 Doha Open victory where he defeated Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, followed by the 2021 Munich Open where he won his 3rd career title on Clay.
Lloyd Harris vs Nikoloz Basilashvili : Head to Head
This will be the first ever meeting between the duo, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Lloyd Harris vs Nikoloz Basilashvili : Prediction
Harris comes into the tie with a career Grass record of 4-8 and an overall season record of 17-10. While he displayed some great tennis on the Hardcourts, he was rather poor on Clay but looks to have overcome his woes and is back in form on Grass.
Nikoloz has had a mixed season so far. Despite his 2 titles, he has also faced early exits at various tournament and comes into the match with a season record of 20-15 and career Grass record of 17-19. Looking at both of their numbers, the match gives the hint of a thriller as both have the form and potential to swing the match either way. However, looking at current form Harris gets the edge.
Prediction: Lloyd Harris to win in 3-sets.