No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev of Germany will face South Africa's Lloyd Harris in the 2021 US Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, September 8.
The winner of this tie will advance to face either No. 6 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy or the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
Sasha Zverev already defeated Lloyd Harris a few weeks ago in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters when he claimed his second victory in two matches against the South African.
The German also won a quarter-final tie between them when he beat Lloyd Harris in their first-ever meeting – a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 victory en route to winning back-to-back titles in Cologne last October.
Alexander Zverev Betting Preview
Sascha Zverev overcame the young Italian Jannik Sinner in three sets as the big German was mostly challenged during the third set, when he had to save three set points in the tie-break (two on his serve) but let's be honest, this also worked due to Sinner's lack of experience in these type of major games.
However, last year's finalist took advantage and sealed his spot into the US Open quarter-finals for the second year in a row and he will have the confidence to go even further, looking to extend his 15-match winning streak since the Olympics.
The 24-year-old German has been impressive since he failed to complete a comeback against Canada's Felix Auger Aliassime at the Wimbledon Championships two months ago. Since then, Sascha Zverev has won 15 straight matches on hardcourts en route to his Olympic glory, followed by the title in Cincy.
He dropped just three sets over the period as his standout performances were arguably the victories over the two Russians Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev, as well as against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas, but his greatest result was definitely the famous comeback win over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Olympic semi-finals.
It really looks like Alexander Zverev has gained momentum and another Grand Slam semi-final in 2021 (he already reached the semi-finals at the Roland Garros) seems a likely scenario, based on his recent form.
Lloyd Harris Betting Preview
Harris enjoyed a relatively decent North American hardcourt swing in his build up to the US Open Championship. Even though the South African failed to go any further than the quarter-finals at four different competitions (Atlanta, Washington, Toronto, Cincinnati – as he only reached the quarter-finals in Washington), Lloyd Harris added another glorious result when he stunned the World No. 3 Rafael Nadal himself in Washington and thus entered the Top 50 for the very first time.
Meanwhile, earlier in the season, Harris reached his first ATP 500 Final at the Dubai Tennis Championships and he did it through qualifying, claiming victories over the likes of Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Denis Shapovalov.
Lloyd Harris added another remarkable result en route to his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final as he defeated No. 22 seed Reilly Opelka of the United States, even though the American won the first set 7-6. However, Harris never gave up and won the subsequent three sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 in a comfortable manner to build on his best-ever Grand Slam performance.
If we were impressed by Reilly Opelka's serve, who fired a total of 85 aces throughout the first three matches, well what to say about Lloyd Harris who fired 36 serves to the American's 24 last time out just in his last matchup.
Lloyd Harris started his US Open campaign with an impressive comeback against 25th-seed Karen Khachanov of Russia, as the Russian led 2-1 when the South African won the next two sets – 6-3, 6-2.
His next stop was American wildcard Ernesto Escobedo in the second round and it was a piece of cake for Lloyd Harris, who extended his winning streak with an impressive 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over 7th-seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the third-round.
The 24-year-old South African is surely dreaming of repeating the run of his countryman Kevin Anderson, who reached the US Open showdown just four years ago where he lost to Rafael Nadal.
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Alexander Zverev is a massive money line favorite at -647, while Lloyd Harris is tabbed as the +500 underdog to end Zverev's winning streak.