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cinch Championships 2024: Harris misses out on semi-final spot to Musetti

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Billy Harris’ dream run at the cinch Championships has come to an end at the hands of world No.30 Lorenzo Musetti, after the Brit fell short in their quarter-final battle, 6-3, 7-5.

Harris, who received a main draw wild card to this week’s tournament, began his impressive week by earning the biggest win of his career by ranking after defeating world No.32 Tomas Martin Etcheverry before qualifying for his maiden ATP 500 quarter-final with a win over Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard on Thursday.

However, the Italian proved to be a challenge too far for the world No.162, as Harris was edged to a spot in the semis after an hour and 39 minutes of play.

Despite the loss, it’s been a week to remember for the 29-year-old from Nottingham, who received a wild card to the main draw of Wimbledon for the first time and has reached a new career-high ranking of world No.138 in the ATP live rankings.

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"I started really well breaking him on his first game on his serve" Musetti said in his on-court interview. "At the end it was really tough to break him because he was serving a really good percentage of first serves but I always stayed focused.

"I saved break points - I had a few where I missed my chance but at the end I was really paying attention to every detail and I didn't shake. I served probably the best game of my entire tournament so I'm really happy to be in the semis here."

With Harris contesting the biggest match of his career to date, there were understandably some early signs of nerves as he was broken on his opening serve game. The 29-year-old did well to re-compose himself – finding two break points  of his own which Musetti soon batted away to take a one set lead.

The pair went toe-to-toe in the second, with Harris gaining some momentum in an attempt to level the battle but a late surge from the 2024 Boss Open semi-finalist saw him steal the set at the last opportunity to book his spot in the final four.

Harris will now make his way to the Rothesay International Eastbourne, where he's been awarded a main draw wild card after his exceptional form on the grass so far.

Great Britain now have one British player alive in the singles as British No.1 Jack Draper prepares to take on Tommy Paul.

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