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Lloyd Harris surges to career-high ATP ranking

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Lloyd Harris. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Lloyd Harris. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

South African tennis ace Lloyd Harris has surged to a career-high world ranking of 52.

This follows the 24-year-old's heroics at last week's Dubai Championships, where he reached his first final at ATP 500-level.

Harris lost 6-3, 6-2 red-hot Russian Aslan Karatsev in the final but it was nevertheless a successful week for the Capetonian, who became the first qualifier in history to reach the championship match in Dubai.

En route, Harris had claimed some notable scalps, including top-seed and world No 4 Dominic Thiem and former world No 4 from Japan, Kei Nishikori.

It saw the South African jump 29 spots, from 81st to 52nd, in the latest ATP rankings.

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It's the highest Harris has been ranked, with his previous best being 72nd - achieved in January last year after a run to the ATP 250-level final in Adelaide.

"There are so many positives to take from this week, coming through seven matches," Harris said after losing to Karatsev.

"Aslan was just too good today, and sometimes it happens like that, but I'm going to take all the big ups from this week, move forward and take it into the next tournament."

Harris will now shift his focus to the ATP Masters 1000 event starting in Miami this week.

Meanwhile his compatriot, Kevin Anderson, is currently ranked 91st and again struggling with injury. He missed the recent ATP events in Doha and Acapulco.

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