Sumit Nagal becomes the first Indian to win a Grand Slam singles match in 7 years

Sumit Nagal
Sumit Nagal

Sumit Nagal became the first Indian to win a round at a Grand Slam in 7 years when he knocks down American Bradley Klahn in his US Open first round, setting up a contest against world number three Dominic Thiem.

Sumit Nagal on Tuesday stormed into the second round of the ongoing US Open. Nagal defeated Bradley Klahn of the US 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the men’s singles first round at the US Open to progress further into the tournament. With this result, the 23-year-old Nagal has become the first Indian male to win a main draw match at the US Open in 7 years.

Nagal maintained a win percentage of 80 percent on his first serves in the first set during which the experienced American made 15 unforced errors. He continued to dominate and secured the second set 6-3 but was broken at a crucial juncture in the 3rd set after which Klahn held his serve and forced a 4th set.

Showing his exultation on Twitter, he said, “My first Slam win. It was definitely a special moment and a match I will not forget. Thank you everyone for your wishes. Next match on Thursday, gonna be a fun one.”

 The reward for the sweet success is a face-off with World No. 3 Dominic Thiem, who advanced 7-6, 6-3 after his opponent Jaume Munar of Spain retired with a knee injury he suffered in the second set. “I am ready and excited to play with him (Thiem). It’s gonna be fun and see where I stand in terms of my tennis level,” Nagal added.

Somdev Devvarman was the last Indian to reach the second round of the USC Open’s men’s singles event. Nagal had also scripted history last year at the US Open when he had become the first Indian to win a set against Roger Federer.