US Open 2020: Sumit Nagal becomes first Indian in seven years to win singles match at a Grand Slam
World number 124 men’s singles player, India’s 23-year-old Sumit Nagal defeated USA’s Bradley Klahn 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the US Open first round match. With this, he became the first Indian player to win a Grand Slam singles’ match in seven years. Further, this is the first time Nagal has reached the second round at a Grand Slam event.
Nagal was the better player throughout his match against Klahn on Tuesday, barring a brief period in the third set when he seemed to have lost his range as the American upped the ante.
The 23-year-old started strongly on court No 12, breaking his opponent thrice to take the first set comfortably. Klahn showed a bit more resistance in the second set but Nagal finally got the break, after squandering three break points, to lead 4-2 before closing out the second set.
Nagal squandered three consecutive match points at 5-1 in the fourth set but eventually got the job done to seal a famous win and book a showdown with Thiem in round two.