New York, Sept 4: India's ace Sumit Nagal exited US Open tournament after losing to World No. 3 Austria's Dominic Thiem in the second round match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday. The Austrian completed a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Nagal in a two-hour-long game.
Thiem started in confident fashion by taking a 3-0 lead, and while Nagal converted his fifth breakpoint at 1-3, the 23-year-old Indian's depth of shot was ultimately exposed. The two battled out heavy exchanges from the backcourt for most of the match, but Thiem managed to stay in command from way behind the baseline.
Thiem said he was trying to play the fastest tennis in order to keep Nagal on his backhand as the youngster is "very dangerous" on his forehand. "I was playing well today. I had a good plan for the match. He's very dangerous when he can dictate with his forehand. I was exactly trying to avoid that. He also has very, very fast legs... I was trying to play my fastest tennis to keep him on the backhand, to not let him dictate with the forehand. I did that very well today," Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) quoted Thiem as saying after the match.
"I think the only bad game he played was at 4-3 to me, in the first set, where he kind of came back into the match after he broke me, then he did some unforced errors. Besides that, I think it was a good match on a quite good level. I'm happy to be through in straight sets," he added.
Earlier, Nagal 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, becoming the first Indian to win a singles main draw match at a Grand Slam in the last seven years.