Tokyo 2020: Tennis player Sumit Nagal defeats Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, progresses to second round
The 23-year-old carried on with his momentum in the second set, and he upped his game a notch, not giving Istomin an inch.
Sumit Nagal will face Denis Istomin in the opening round of the men's singles event at the Tokyo Olympics.
Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, with a combined rank of 113, till Friday morning formed the fourth alternate team.
Indian tennis star Sumit Nagal has qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics on the basis of withdrawals in the men's singles.
Sumit Nagal overcame a tough challenge from Illya Marchenko in the ATP 500 Barcelona Open qualifier to be one step away from the main draw of the tournament.
Sumit Nagal, who had made it to the US Open second round in 2020, had started as a qualifier in Buenos Aires before making it to the main draw.
Spain's Albert Ramos Vinolas outclassed Nagal 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 at Court Guillermo Vilas.
Argentina Open: Sumit Nagal registers biggest win of ATP career, stuns world no.22 Garin in straight sets
Nagal defeated Chile's Garinto 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Indian had the upper hand in the game and dominated the match to secure an easy win.
Nagal's challenge deflated in a matter of minutes as Berankis' powerful ground strokes proved to be too good for the Indian, who lost 2-6 5-7 3-6 in two hours and 10 minutes.
As for the 33-year-old, the Olympian hasn’t been in action for a year due to the pandemic and he hopes to get back on the court soon.
Sumit Nagal said that living in a bio-bubble is not easy for any player, and the situation can get taxing if the situation continues for longer.
Sumit Nagal began his 2021 season with an opening round defeat at the Murray River Open, losing in straight sets to Ricardas Berankis.
Sumit and Wang Xiyu of China will compete in the main draw after being named recipients of the tournament's Asia-Pacific wildcards.
Sumit Nagal became the first Indian singles player in seven years to win a match in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
Men's squad captain Zeeshan Ali chose Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan as one team while Paes and young Sumit Nagal were named as the other team.