Despite a gritty battle, Sumit Nagal exits the maiden Wimbledon in the first round

Sumit Nagal

In a thrilling first-round encounter at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships, India’s rising tennis star, Sumit Nagal, faced off against Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic. Despite a valiant effort, Nagal ultimately succumbed to Kecmanovic in a closely contested match that lasted two hours and 48 minutes.

Tough luck for Sumit Nagal at Wimbledon

This was Sumit Nagal’s maiden appearance in the main draw of Wimbledon. As a former boys’ doubles champion at the prestigious tournament, Nagal stepped onto the iconic court with determination and ambition.

The match unfolded in four intense sets. Nagal started slow, losing the opening set 2-6 as Kecmanovic asserted his dominance. However, Nagal fought back admirably, winning the second set 6-3 with clean hitting and excellent court coverage.

Despite showcasing brilliance with 47 winners, Nagal grappled with consistency issues. He committed a staggering 44 unforced errors, which proved costly against a resilient opponent like Kecmanovic.

The Serbian player ranked 53rd in the world, displayed composure and resilience. He clinched the third set 6-3 and sealed the deal in the fourth set with a 6-4 scoreline. Kecmanovic’s six aces and minimal double faults worked in his favour.

Nagal’s qualification for the men’s singles main draw at Wimbledon marked a significant achievement. He became the first Indian to do so in five years, following in the footsteps of Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who exited in the first round in 2019.

Earlier this year, Nagal made waves by qualifying for the main draw of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Notably, he defeated Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, a seeded player, in the first round—a historic feat for Indian men’s tennis.

Nagal’s season included victories in the Heilbronn Challenger and the Chennai Open ATP Challenger. His spirited performance at the French Open, where he faced Karen Khachanov, showcased his determination on the Grand Slam stage.

As the sun sets on Nagal’s Wimbledon campaign, he leaves with valuable experience and a hunger to continue making strides in the tennis world. His journey is far from over, and fans eagerly await his next chapter on the international circuit.

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