Former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski has underlined that Lloyd Harris did an exceptional job tactically against world No. 3 Rafael Nadal at the Citi Open in Washington. Harris, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 50 in the world, surprised first-seeded Nadal 6-4 1-6 6-4 in the Washington round-of-16.
Harris, 24, clinched the biggest win of his career by beating Nadal. "Tactically so good from Lloyd Harris against Rafa. Serving forehand side on 1st serve and body & backhand on 2nd serve. Anything short in rally punished and keeping points short.
Excellent performance. Quite an underrated player for the tools & athleticism he has," Rusedski tweeted.
Harris admitted it was a 'very special' win
After winning the first set, Harris dropped his serve twice in the second set as Nadal managed to force a decider.
However, easily losing the second set didn't affect Harris as he kept his focus and claimed the lone break of the third set in the 10th game to seal a three-set win. "Today was really special. I think I have had some big wins, and this year I have beat some Grand Slam champions," Harris said.
"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 was happy that he managed to keep his composure throughout the match against 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal.
"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."