Haryana lad Sumit Nagal has become the first Indian tennis player to win a round at a Grand Slam in 7 years as he defeated American Bradley Klahn in the first round of the US Open. Now, this has led Nagal to a contest against world No. 3 Dominic Thiem.
The Haryana-based Nagal got past the local rival beat Bradley Klahn of the United States 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in two hours and 12 minutes on Tuesday night.
After his victory, Sumit Nagal took to Twitter and wrote: “My first Slam win. It was definitely a special moment and a match I will not forget. Thank you everyone for the wishes❤️ Next match on Thursday, gonna be a fun one.”
He also said that it was not easy to walk inside the court knowing that this match is more in your favour. He was nervous while playing for his first slam win but he did the things that he was supposed to and kept his composure, Nagal said.
Last year, Sumit Nagal became the first Indian to win a set against the Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer. During the first round of the US Open 2019, Nagal had achieved the feat, when he defeated Federer in the first set.
Prior to Sumit Nagal, Somdev Devvarman was the Indian tennis player to win a main draw match in US Open in 2013 when he defeated Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko after coming through qualifiers.