Lloyd Harris reacts to stunning Rafael Nadal in Washington



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Lloyd Harris reacts to stunning Rafael Nadal in Washington

South African tennis player Lloyd Harris admitted it was special to beat 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at the Citi Open. Harris, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 50 in the world, stunned Nadal 6-4 1-6 6-4 to reach the Washington quarterfinal.

Harris and Nadal were playing against each other for the first time in their careers. "Today was really special. I think I have had some big wins, and this year I have beat some Grand Slam champions," Harris said, per the ATP website.

"But to beat a 20-time Grand Slam champion, and especially in front of a full crowd and with such an amazing atmosphere, it was definitely something very special."

Harris came up big against Nadal

Harris claimed the first break of the match in the seventh game and served out for the opener in the 10th game.

The two players were tied at one game apiece in the second set before Nadal claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to force a decider. Harris saved two break points in the first game and one more in the fifth game before claiming the lone break of the third set in the 10th game.

"I did a lot of good things. I think the best thing was to stay in the moment, keep my composure, and I think I just stayed with my game and stayed playing a consistently good level throughout the match," Harris said.

"It was a good, quality match, I think. Not easy for me out there. It was pretty physical, but all in all, I'm just super happy with how everything turned out." Harris plays next against Kie Nishikori. "It's going to be a very tough battle and I think a very different game style than I faced today," Harris said. "It's going to be a new challenge and I look forward to it."