Lloyd Harris recalls shock Rafael Nadal win in Washington



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Lloyd Harris recalls shock Rafael Nadal win in Washington

Lloyd Harris noted that beating Rafael Nadal in Washington was "extremely special" but added that his US Open quarterfinal result was a bigger achievement. After stunning Nadal in Washington, Harris went on to have a positive US Open campaign as he made his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the tournament.

"Obviously when you beat a legendary player like Rafa, who's achieved everything that he's achieved in his career, it's probably one of my most memorable matches that I've ever had," Harris said in an online press conference from New York on Monday.

"Beating a 20-time Grand Slam champion was extremely special but then if you look at a tournament as a whole, it's definitely a much bigger thing to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final. There's a lot more coverage, a lot more people watching and tuning in, bigger stadiums...

"So, I would say the US Open was definitely the better result as a tournament. There were multiple good wins for me at the US Open... beating Khachanov, Opelka and Shapo (Shapovalov) in a Grand Slam... that's not an easy task within itself.

"I did go out [in the quarter-finals] in the end, but it was still one of my best tournaments ever, if not my best, so if I'd have to put it all into perspective then I would have to go with [the] US Open probably being my best result to date."

Harris playing with confidence

In March, Harris made the Dubai final before losing to Aslan Karatsev. "Since then I've been playing with a lot more confidence, I've had a lot more belief on the tour. When you go through a tournament like that, beating some big names and making a 500 [level] final, I think you have to kind of believe that you belong with the big boys and that you're playing that kind of tennis," Harris admitted.

"So, it's been really solid from there... I've been struggling a little bit with some niggles and injuries but managing that on the side and still managing to play some good tennis beyond that."