Lloyd Harris

South Africa got off to a superb start by winning their opening singles matches in their Davis Cup World Group II tie against Venezuela in New York. Photo by Mike Lawrence/ATP Tour

Lloyd Harris bows out of Miami Open

South Africa’s Lloyd Harris has bowed out in the Round of 16 at the Miami Open after defeat to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.

Lloyd Harris

South Africa got off to a superb start by winning their opening singles matches in their Davis Cup World Group II tie against Venezuela in New York. Photo by Mike Lawrence/ATP Tour

South Africa’s Lloyd Harris has bowed out in the Round of 16 at the Miami Open after a straight sets defeat to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on Tuesday.

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Hurkacz, who is the tournament’s defending champion, won 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in a match which lasted 91 minutes.

Hurkacz set up a quarter-final with world No 2 Daniil Medvedev, who can regain the No 1 ranking from Serbia’s Novak Djokovic should he reach the semi-finals.

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Despite the defeat, Harris will feel satisfied with his efforts in Florida as he reached the last 16 of a Masters 1000 event for the first time in his career.

It had been an inconsistent 2022 for the 25-year-old Harris who entered the Miami Open with a 2-7 ATP win-loss record.

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Harris started the week ranked 44th in the world, but is now up to 40th spot in the live ATP Tour rankings.

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Results from ATP/WTA Miami Open on Tuesday (x denotes seed; players representing Russia and Belarus are banned from competing under the name or flag of Russia or Belarus until further notice):

Men

Fourth round

Daniil Medvedev (x1) bt Jenson Brooksby (USA) 7-5, 6-1

Hubert Hurkacz (POL x8) bt Lloyd Harris (RSA) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2

Carlos Alcaraz (ESP x14) bt Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x3) 7-5, 6-3

Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) bt Taylor Fritz (USA x11) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Jannik Sinner (ITA x9) bt Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3

Francisco Cerundolo (ARG) bt Frances Tiafoe (USA x28) 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-2

Casper Ruud (NOR x6) bt Cameron Norrie (GBR x10) 6-3, 6-4

Alexander Zverev (GER x2) bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-4, 6-4

Women

Quarter-finals

Belinda Bencic (SUI x22) bt Daria Saville (AUS) 6-1, 6-2

Naomi Osaka (JPN) bt Danielle Collins (USA x9) 6-2, 6-1