South Africa’s Lloyd Harris is through to Round 4 of the US Open after upsetting Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in straight sets in New York on Saturday.
The 24-yar-old Capetonian is enjoying the year of his life and reaching the final 16 at the US Open represents the best Grand Slam performance of his career to date.
Shapovalov, the seventh-seed, entered the match as the favourite, but Harris was not to be denied, firing 10 aces in winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in a match which lasted two hours and 13 minutes.
While it’s back to the drawing board for Shapovalov, Harris will move on to face 22nd seeded American Reilly Opelka on Monday.
Lloyd Harris entered the tournament ranked 46th in the world, but his heroics at Flushing Meadows to date have seen him move to a new career-high of 35th.
Good luck, Lloyd!
Results from Saturday’s matches at the US Open (x denotes seed):
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN) 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
Jenson Brooksby (USA) bt Aslan Karatsev (RUS x21) 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Oscar Otte (GER) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
Matteo Berrettini (ITA x6) bt Ilya Ivashka (BLR) 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Alexander Zverev (GER x4) bt Jack Sock (USA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 2-1 retired (right thigh injury)
Jannik Sinner (ITA x13) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x17) 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4
Reilly Opelka (USA x22) bt Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-4
Lloyd Harris (RSA) bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN x7) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Ashleigh Barty (AUS x1) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7/5)
Emma Raducanu (GBR) bt Sara Sorribes (ESP) 6-0, 6-1
Belinda Bencic (SUI x11) bt Jessica Pegula (USA x23) 6-2, 6-4
Iga Swiatek (POL x7) bt Anett Kontaveit (EST x28) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Karolína Plíšková (CZE x4) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-3, 6-2
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x14) bt Varvara Gracheva (RUS) 6-1, 6-4
Maria Sakkari (GRE x17) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x10) 6-4, 6-3
Bianca Andreescu (CAN x6) bt Greet Minnen (BEL) 6-1, 6-2