The South African Lloyd Harris, 24 years old, 81 in the world ranking and coming from the previous phase, he became the first finalist of this edition of the ATP 500 hardcourt tournaments in Dubai, outdoors, by beating the Canadian Denis Shapovalov in three sleeves, for a tight 6-7 (5), 6-4 and 7-6 (6).
In two hours and 41 minutes, he defeated the third favorite to deserve a place in the final of the competition. His rival will come out of the second semi-final, which will then face the Russians Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev, second favorite.
Shapovalov, who had appeared in the semifinals without giving up a single set, delivered the second and third sets and said goodbye to the tournament, which is played on hard court, after not being able to contain his opponent’s comeback.
The duel was decided by small details, with both players being especially confident with their serve.
Lloyd recovered after losing the first set in the tiebreaker and losing 2-4 in the second, reacting with a 4-0 partial that kept him in the clash, which he sealed in the last tiebreak.
It is the first ‘qualy’ that is planted in the final of Dubai, in its magical week, in which it has been leaving behind Chris O’Connell, Dominic Thiem, Filip Krajinovic and Kei Nishikori before also knocking down Denis Shapovalov.