On August 6, Rafael Nadal and Lloyd George Harris will play in the third round match of the ATP-500. The game starts at 02:00 Moscow time. Experts think that Nadal is more likely to win, with odds of 1.26. But you can bet on Harris for 3.65 if you want to take a chance!
Lloyd George Harris
The ATP North American tournament series is in full swing, as Rafael Nadal and Agustin Velotti won their matches on Tuesday.
The Spaniard made it to the third round, where his opponent will be South Africa’s Lloyd George Harris. He is a young tennis player who holds the ball and consistently ranks in the top 100, but never takes a step farther than that. And he keeps getting knocked out in early stages of majors.
The tennis players have never seen each other before. They have only played one match each and it is all the more surprising that the world number three from Spain has had a harder start than the South African, who is ranked 50th in the world.
Twenty-four hours ago, Nadal faced off against Jack Sock for a fairly tough match. Nadal eventually came on top with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (1) victory.
Harris managed in less than an hour. Sandgren withdrew because he was injured. The score was 6-4, 1-0 when Harris came on to the court. Harris’s main trump card is his serve, and he had 10 aces by the time it was over with Sandgren.
Harris was ranked 50th in the world, but it was still a successful year for him. Early in the year he had already won 20 games, and his record on hard courts was even better at 14-7. But he did not do well at Atlanta tournament against Jordan Thompson from Australia.
Nadal’s match against Sok was the Spaniard’s first in two months. His last official game was at the 2019 French Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard missed the entire grass season and did not go to Olympics in Tokyo due to injury, but has since returned.
The scoreline between Nadal and Soca shows that the Spaniard is not ready for the hard part of the season in the best possible way. Simply put, this tournament will be a kind of training session to prepare him for his next important start. He knows how to prepare himself for key starts and now he won’t try too hard.
Harris is not in top form either, but if he serves his first serve he will not have to worry about losing. Our money is on Nadal’s opponent for the 4.5 game handicap and we hope that the South African will not burn out before stepping up to the court. Nadal will not have it easy then and needs to put in a real effort for every break.
Betting on Rafael Nadal v Lloyd George Harris in Washington on August 6, 2021
This bid for the Washington tournament is high enough that Nadal, even if he’s not playing well, should still win. But in his first game, he wasn’t as good as we thought. And in the next game, Rafa might have to play hard before going into more prestigious tournaments.
Betting: Harris wins with a handicap (+4.5 game) for 1.67.