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SA’s Harris goes down fighting

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South Africa’s Lloyd Harris lost to world No 10 David Goffin in the second round of the US Open in New York City on Wednesday.

Lloyd Harris. File image. Picture: AP Photo Frank Franklin II

South Africa’s Lloyd Harris lost to world No 10 David Goffin 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of the US Open in New York City on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Harris fought hard but eventually fell to the seventh seed.

In what has been his first Grand Slam second round appearance, Harris played at a very high level in the opening set before Goffin took charge to march towards the finish line and book a place in the third round. Goffin was able to take the first set tie-breaker, 8-6, with a forehand winner.

The second set started with four consecutive breaks of serve. Harris broke the set open in the sixth game, with a break of serve for a 4-2 lead, and held on to take the set, 6-4, but in the third set, Goffin picked up his game and opened a 4-1 lead with some big and timely serves (four aces) and fewer unforced errors (five) than winners.

Both players opened the fourth set with breaks of serve, but Goffin broke Harris to love in the ninth game to serve for the match, leading 5-4. Goffin opened up a 40-0 lead, but Harris kept fighting, getting it back to deuce.

Finally, on the fourth match point, Goffin rushed the net and hit a forehand volley to end the match.

Meanwhile, in the doubles event, South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and his doubles partner, Olivier Marach of Austria have been knocked out in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) to Marcus Daniell (NZ) and Philipp Oswad (Austria) in a match that lasted a little over an hour.

African News Agency (ANA)