New York, Sept 2: India's top tennis player Sumit Nagal became the first Indian player to singles main draw matching at a Grand Slam since 2013 i.e 7 years after storming into the second round of the ongoing US Open.
The 23-year-old defeated Bradley Klahn of USA 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round of the US Open to progress further into the tournament. Last time, when an Indian player won the main draw match was in 2013 when Somdev Devvarman had reached the second round of the Australian Open, French Open, and US Open.
Nagal with his fierce performance in the first two sets of the match against Klahn, registered comprehensive wins of 6-1, 6-3 but in the third set, Klahn came back to defeat Nagal and the match was poised for an intense finish.
However, Nagal, did not lose hope and once again rose to the top in the fourth set and gained a 5-0 lead in the set. In the end, Nagal wrapped up the match in a comprehensive fashion, though the USA player was able to win one game. Nagal, world number 122 will now face Austria's, Dominic Thiem.
Nagal, had created a lot of buzz when at the US Open when he won the opening set of his first-round match against the legendary Roger Federer. Sure, he won only seven games but for a Grand Slam main-draw debut, it was a pretty impressive showing.