Thursday, 18 March 2021 12:27

Staff Reporter.

Photo Credit: Lloyd Harris.

South African tennis star Lloyd Harris maintained his fine form at the Dubai Tennis Championships (ATP 500) with a straight sets victory over Serbian 14th seed Filip Krajinovic on Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old qualifier prevailed 7-6(5), 6-4 in the match which lasted 92 minutes to reach his maiden ATP 500 quarterfinal round.

Harris will next face Japanese former world No.4 Kei Nishikori for a place in the semi-final round.

The Japanese, whose career once promised so much, has endured a miserable two years, largely due to a succession of injury problems, and currently finds himself ranked outside the world’s top 40.

It will be Harris and Nishikori’s first meeting on the ATP Tour.

The South African, who began his week in the qualifying, has already picked up four wins and dismissed top seed and world No.4 Dominic Thiem of Austria in short order in the round of 32.

Last week in Qatar, the Capetonian claimed his first Top 20 win at the Qatar Open (ATP 250 event) against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.