Tip Alex De Minaur - Lloyd Harris
Two players in their early 20s battle it out in the second round of the Madrid Open. Alex de Minaur is ranked 24th in the world but faces a tough match against world number 55 Lloyd Harris. The Australian began this year well winning a tournament in Antalya, Turkey. He hasn't been able to follow that up though and hasn't got past the last sixteen of a tournament since. He has reached three clay court finals in the past but all were at a lower level. This is the first time he's made it past the first round of the Madrid Open but he had a tough time doing so. He lost the first set to Jaume Munar but recovered to get a win. An important win as he'd lost five of his previous six matches.
His opponent has risen 35 places in the world rankings this year. That's been mainly achieved by his getting to Dubai Tennis Championship final, where he lost to Aslan Karatsev. He's been a bit of a giantkiller this year and defeated both Denis Shapovalov and world number three Dominic Thiem in that tournament. The first round of this tournament saw him beat Grigor Dimitrov (seeded 13th) in a three-setter. That keeps up his 100% record against top 20 ranked players this year. His clay record before this tournament wasn't so stunning with two wins from eight before this event. That win over Dimitrov shows he can win on clay against top players. He's meeting de Minaur for only the second time, the previous meeting saw him beat the Australian on a hard court surface. He's in form this year and that can't quite be said about his opponent. Go for a Harris win here and a side bet on this going to three sets.
Key points Alex De Minaur - Lloyd Harris
Alex de Minaur has only won two of his last seven matches.
Lloyd Harris won the one previous meeting between the pair.
Lloyd Harris has risen 35 places in the rankings and had some good wins against top 20 ranked players.
Conclusion Alex De Minaur - Lloyd Harris
Lloyd Harris has been making great strides up the world rankings this year. He reached the final in Dubai and has had some excellent wins over top 20 ranked players. That includes his win over Grigor Dimitrov in the first round here. His clay record isn't fantastic but it looks to be improving. Alex de Minaur started the year well but has struggled since then. A bet on Harris can be a winner.
Alex De Minaur Lloyd Harris Prediction published on May 3, 2021