Sumit Nagal exits in the first round of the Geneva Open after losing in straight sets

Sumit Nagal

India’s top-ranked singles player, Sumit Nagal, faced a disappointing exit in the first round of the Geneva Open, losing to Argentina’s Sebastian Baez. The match, which lasted one hour and 52 minutes, saw Nagal going down 6-7 (7), 3-6 against the Argentine, who is a clay court specialist.

Sumit Nagal lost despite an early lead

Nagal started the match on a promising note, taking an early 4-1 lead over Baez. He even had a set point. However, Baez, who is ranked 19th in the world and has already won two titles on clay this season, demonstrated his prowess to force a tiebreaker. Baez’s fantastic first-serve performance was a key factor in his victory.

In the second set, Baez continued to rely on his superb first serve, wrapping up the proceedings in 38 minutes. Despite the loss, Nagal remained optimistic about his preparation for the upcoming Roland Garros, also known as the French Open. “Gutted with the loss today. But good preparation ahead of Roland Garros. Paris next,” Nagal tweeted after the match.

The Geneva Open is an ATP 250 tournament, and it serves as a crucial preparatory event for players ahead of the French Open. Nagal’s early exit from the tournament is a setback, but it also provides him with valuable insights into areas he needs to work on before the major Grand Slam event.

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