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Shelton too good for Harris

───   MORGAN PIEK 07:55 Fri, 05 Jul 2024

Shelton too good for Harris | News Article
Ben Shelton - AELTC/Kieran Cleeves

South Africa’s Lloyd Harris was knocked out during the second round of Wimbledon being played in London on Thursday.

South Africa’s Lloyd Harris was knocked out during the second round of Wimbledon being played in London on Thursday.

Following an entire day's delay, Harris faced the 14th ranked American Ben Shelton.

Harris’ service game was a lot better than in the first round against the 19-year-old Alex Michelsen, but despite a staggering 31 aces, the could not beat the 14th seeded America.

The match went the distance with a second five-set marathon for each of the players. Harris took the first and third sets, while the five and final set went to a 10-point tiebreaker.

Harris received some medical attention a few times during the game, but ultimately the 21-year-old American beat the South African 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 and 7-6 to reach the third round for the first time.

Meanwhile, the 24-time Grand Slam champion, Novak Djokovic, is into the third round. The 7-time champion at the All England Lawn Tennis Club was made to work hard for his 6-3, 6-4, 5-7 and 7-5 win against Jacob Fearnley of Britain.

The French great, Gael Monfils, in turn beat the two-time Australian Open champion, Stan 'the Stanimal' Wawrinka 7-6, 4-6 and 7-6.

The South African-born Cam Norrie beat hisEnglish compatriot, Jack Draper, 7-6, 6-4 and 7-6, while the fourth seeded Alexander Zverev breezed into the third round with a 6-2, 6-1 and 6-4 win against Marcos Giron of the USA.

Morgan Piek OFM Sport

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