South-African qualifier Lloyd Harris was straight honest after falling short in the Adelaide International final as he admitted world No. 18 Andrey Rublev deserved to win the title at the event. Harris, ranked at No. 91 in the world, won a total of six matches in Adelaide before he ran out of the gas and picked up a 6-3 6-0 loss to the 22-year-old Russian in the final.
"Today Andrey was just too good but what a fantastic week for me," Harris said, per the Adelaide International. Harris, who is projected to climb up to a career-high ranking of No. 72 on Monday, aims to have a big 2020 season after a runner-up finish in Adelaide.
"I’m looking to improve. Last year was a little bit of up and down, I struggled with the body a little bit. I’m looking to just keep improving my game, just fight for it every week. I’m trying to break some ranking barriers, get my first trophy as well.
Today I came pretty close but not close enough, so still another step to go and still more I want to achieve in 2020, so I’m looking forward to that," Harris said. Harris now turns his focus to the Australian Open, where he will open his campaign against Argentine Diego Schwartzman.