End of a 7 year old drought: Sumit Nagal’s love affair with US Open continues

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Sumit Nagal has defeated Bradley Klahn of the United States 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the men’s singles first round at the US Open to storm into the second round.

Sumit Nagal, in the process, became the first Indian in 7 years to win a singles match at US Open, since  Somdev Devvarman’s magical 2013 season in which the latter had reached the second round of all slams, save Wimbledon.

The talented Indian youngster would be up against second seed Dominic Thiem in the next round.

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This is not the first time that Nagal has proved his worth at the grandest of stages having also taken a set off Roger Federer himself, in the opening round last year. And while, this time around he met a far easier match, the glimpses of brilliance that Sumit Nagal displayed in that encounter remained.

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Sumit Nagal dominated almost the entirety of the match wrapping the first set in just 23 minutes and posting another solid performance in the second set before Klahn staged a late comeback in the third.

However, Sumit, owing to his better skill set finally got the better of his lower-ranked opponent, winning the final set 6-1 and wrapping the match 6-1,6-3,3-6,6-1 in just a shade over 2 hours.

Sumit’s service game, in particular, was exquisite as the Indian youngster registered an 80% first serve wins.

Heading into the US Open, Nagal had put on a great show having reached into the quarterfinals of the Prague Challenger, before being defeated by Stanislas Wawrinka.

However true to his nature, he gave Wawrinka quite a scare by taking the second set and forcing a tie break.

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Nagal looked positively delighted by his performance and said “It was definitely a special moment and a match I will not forget.” 

More from the US Open-

Andy Murray, yet again put on a stunning display of his never say die attitude and came back from 2 sets down, a toe injury, and an emergency ice bath to secure an epic five-set win against  Yoshihito Nishioka, saving one match point in a 4-6, 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over four hours and 38 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The big guns including Djokovic, Thiem, Medvedev, Serena, and Venus Williams were all through to the next round. On the other hand American tennis sensation, Coco Gauff suffered a shock first-round exit at the hands of Anastasija Sevastova.

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