Prague, Aug 18: Indian tennis star Sumit Nagal progressed to the pre-quarterfinals of the Prague Challenger tennis tournament after his opponent Jay Clarke of Britain retired hurt on Monday. The 22-year-old was leading 6-3 5-7 4-1 when Clarke went back to the pavilion after calling it quits in the second-round match with the match being lasted for over two hours.
The 127th ranked player faced his first competitive match since his Davis Cup encounter against Croatia’s Marin Cilic in March, had received a bye in the opening round. Nagal, seeded sixth in the tournament that also features three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka, will face local favorite Jiri Lehecka in the round of 16.
Other Indians in the fray include Divij Sharan and N Sriram Balaji, who will be competing in the doubles events with separate partners. Sharan will partner Dutchman Robin Haase and they were seeded number one. Balaji will join hands with Belgium’s Kimmer Coppejans.
Nagal will also feature in the doubles with Belarusian Ilya Ivashka. It was earlier reported that Nagal will compete in his second Grand Slam main draw because he has received a direct entry into the US Open.