Fixture: Taylor Fritz vs Lloyd Harris
Date: 22 October 2020
Tournament: European Open 2020
Round: Round of 16
Venue: Antwerp, Belgium
Category: ATP 250
Surface: Indoor hardcourt
Prize money: Approx. €394,800
Match timing: Approx. 2.20 pm CEST, 5.50 pm
Live Telecast: USA - ESPN / Tennis Channel
Taylor Fritz vs Lloyd Harris preview
American youngster Taylor Fritz looked good in the first round at Antwerp, where he beat his compatriot and good friend Reilly Opelka in straight sets. The 22-year-old didn't face a break point the entire match, while committing just one double fault, to clinch a 7-6(5), 6-1 win and start his campaign in style.
It was an important victory for Fritz, who had a difficult time at St Petersburg last week. The youngster was knocked out in the first round of the tournament, falling to Cameron Norrie in straight sets.
In fact, Fritz had been ousted in his opening match at three out of four tournaments leading up to Antwerp. Now that he finally has some momentum on his side, he will be looking to build on it by going deep in the Belgian city.
But Harris has also looked strong in the tournament so far. The South African ran through the qualifying rounds with straight-set victories over Zane Khan and Federico Coria, before coming up against Corentin Moutet in the first round.
Despite being 16 places behind Moutet in the rankings, Harris beat him comfortably - with a 7-5, 6-2 scoreline.
It has been an interesting year for the 23-year-old, who has an 11-10 win-loss record so far in 2020. Harris made his maiden ATP singles final at Adelaide in January, and also reached the quarterfinal at Cologne 1 last week.
The South African has two wins against top 10 players in his career so far, one of which came against Pablo Carreno Busta earlier this year. Harris will thus back himself against Fritz, who is ranked 28th in the world at the moment.
Taylor Fritz vs Lloyd Harris head-to-head
Taylor Fritz leads the head-to-head against Lloyd Harris by a margin of 1-0.
The two players had locked horns in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters earlier this year. Fritz was on top of his game in that encounter, and romped to a 6-1, 6-3 win.
Taylor Fritz vs Lloyd Harris prediction
Taylor Fritz smacked 10 aces and won 89% of his first serve points against Reilly Opelka in the first round. Those numbers indicate how big of a weapon his serve is.
Fritz also has strong groundstrokes on both flanks. His forehand, which had been troubling him until his encounter against Opelka, picked up significantly as the match wore on.
Lloyd Harris on his part relies on his accurate baseline shot-making to stay toe-to-toe with his opponents. The South African has a good serve too, and enjoys dictating rallies from the back of the court.
Both players are tall, aggressive and in their early 20s. Needless to say, this promises to be a high-octane encounter.
Prediction: Taylor Fritz to win in three sets.Published 21 Oct 2020, 22:17 IST