By Saurabh Singh | AITA
US Open 2020 – the first Grand Slam, after the COVID-19 pandemic had emerged worldwide early this year, begins today in New York, United States with three Indians – India’s top ranked player Sumit Nagal, 2020 Arjuna Awardee Divij Sharan and 2017 French Open Mixed Doubles champion Rohan Bopanna making it to the main draw of the competition.
By Saurabh Singh
India’s Sumit Nagal, world rank 127 (Singles), Divij Sharan, second highest ranked Indian in the world (56th in Doubles), and N Sriram Balaji (143rd in Doubles) have bowed out at the quarter-finals stage of Prague Open 2020.
23-year-old Nagal, who participated in both Singles and Doubles category, could not manage to reach the last four in either.
India's Sumit Nagal gave a mighty scare to three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka by taking off the first set but then wilted under pressure to bow out of the Prague Open in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
The 23-year-old Indian bagged the first set 6-2 in stunning fashion after breaking the Swiss heavyweight's serve to raise hopes of an upset win.
But it was not to be as the Indian, ranked 127, was overpowered by the World 17 Wawrinka who won the next two sets 6-0, 6-1 to pocket the match that lasted one hour and 19 minutes and advance to the semifinals.
India's top singles player Sumit Nagal set up the Prague Open quarter-final clash against three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka following a come-from-behind win over lower-ranked Jiri Lehecka
Sixth seed and world number 127 Nagal had to battle hard to win 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3 in the two-hour and 21-minute second round contest against the local player, ranked 617.
Nagal, who played against Roger Federer at US Open last year, will test his game against the Swiss, who also rallied to beat Germany’s Oscar Otte.
India's Sumit Nagal advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the Prague Challenger tennis tournament after his opponent Jay Clarke of Britain retired hurt on Monday.
Nagal, ranked 127 in the world, was leading 6-3 5-7 4-1, when Clarke decided to call it quits in the second round match after playing for over two hours.
The 23-year-old Indian, playing his first competitive match note on the ATP Challenger Tour since his Davis Cup encounter against Croatia's Marin Cilic in March, had received a bye in the opening round.
Qualifier Sumit Nagal beat Stefano Napolitano of Italy 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the €127,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Italy.
In the pre-quarterfinals, Sumit will play Christian Garin of Chle who ousted the seventh seed, Thiiago Monteiro in straight sets.
Davis Cupper Saketh Myneni was scheduled to compete in the Challenger in China, but his name in the singles draw was replaced by a lucky-loser.