World No. 50 Lloyd Harris admitted beating Rafael Nadal at the Citi Open was super special. Harris, who is playing in Washington for the second time in his career, clinched the biggest win of his career after stunning world No.
3 Nadal 6-4 1-6 6-4 in the Washington round-of-16. "Today was really special. I think I have had some big wins, and this year I have beat some Grand Slam champions," Harris said, per the ATP website. "But to beat a 20-time Grand Slam champion, and especially in front of a full crowd and with such an amazing atmosphere, it was definitely something very special."
After losing the first set, Nadal broke Harris twice in the second set to force a tie-break. But Harris kept his focus as he earned the lone break of the set in the 10th game to seal the win. "I did a lot of good things.
I think the best thing was to stay in the moment, keep my composure, and I think I just stayed with my game and stayed playing a consistently good level throughout the match," Harris said. "It was a good, quality match, I think.
Not easy for me out there. It was pretty physical, but all in all, I'm just super happy with how everything turned out."
Harris plays next against Kei Nishikori.
"It's going to be a very tough battle and I think a very different game style than I faced today," Harris said.
"It's going to be a new challenge and I look forward to it." Sinner joins Harris on the winners' circle Sinner, seeded at No. 5, beat 12th-seeded Sebastian Korda 7-6 (3) 7-6 (3). "Obviously it was a tough match, because we never practised together.
We never played [a singles] match, so it was kind of new for both of us," Sinner said. "[We have a] very similar game style, so... [I was] trying to stick to my game plan, trying to serve well in the important moments, trying to have a good balance on court."
Meanwhile, rising American star Jenson Brooksby surprised Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 6-4. "I have definitely gotten mentally tougher this year, and it's only kept improving. I just really love, truly love playing on these stages," Brooksby said.
"No opponent will faze me. I can compete with anyone. This was definitely a very good match today for me. "I stayed really focussed throughout. I didn't really have any lapses in my strategy or mentally. I'm happy with that match."