Lucky Seven

New York, September 2

Sumit Nagal turned the primary Indian tennis participant to win a singles spherical at a Grand Slam in seven years when he downed American Bradley Klahn within the US Open first spherical, establishing a contest in opposition to world No. 3 Dominic Thiem. Returning to the Flushing Meadows the place he took a set off Roger Federer final 12 months, the Indian bought previous the native rival 6-1 6-Three 3-6 6-1.


The final time an Indian received a essential draw match at a Major. Somdev Devvarman had reached the second spherical on the US Open

Somdev Devvarman was the final Indian to win a essential draw match at a Major, on the US Open in 2013.

“I qualified for a junior Slam in 2013 here and then the men’s and now to win my first round here means a lot. I enjoy playing here and it has worked out in my favour a few times,” Nagal mentioned.

“It was not easy to walk inside the court knowing this match is more in your favour. I was definitely nervous and especially playing for my first Slam win but I did the things I was supposed to and kept my composure.”

Need for system

Devvarman, who retired in January 2017, had reached the second rounds of Australian Open, French Open and US Open in 2013 aside from enjoying a second spherical on the Wimbledon in 2011.

After Devvarman, Indian tennis noticed the rise of Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Prajnesh Gunneswaran however none of them may win a essential draw spherical. Ramkumar didn’t even qualify for a essential attract many makes an attempt. Saketh Myneni misplaced within the first spherical of the US Open in 2016.

Nagal mentioned Indian tennis ought to have executed higher and partly blamed it on the not-so-helpful “system” as effectively. “In one way, yes (happy for Major win), but in another way, we could do so much better. We have so many people playing this sport, we have great talent but no system, which makes me feel sad,” the 23-year-old mentioned.

Ready for Thiem

Up subsequent for him will probably be Austria’s prime participant Thiem, who superior when his Spanish rival Jaume Munar retired earlier than the beginning of the third set. Thiem was main 7-6(6) 6-Three when Munar discovered it tough to proceed as he injured his knee in the course of the second set.

“I am ready and excited to play him. It’s going to be fun and I will see where I stand in terms of my tennis level,” Nagal mentioned. — PTI

Williams performs a backhand. AP/PTI


Six-time champion Serena Williams started her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title with a 7-5 6-Three victory over fellow American Kristie Ahn. “I was really happy with how I fought for every point. I just needed to get my Serena-focus back,” Williams mentioned. One of the most well-liked headliners at Flushing Meadows yearly, she confronted empty stands inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. “The hardest is making sure you stay pumped,” Williams mentioned, reflecting on the dearth of followers. “For me it was clearly easy because I’m always overly passionate. I love being passionate. It’s what I’m best at.”

Andy Murray reacts after defeating Yoshihito Nishioka. AP/PTI

Murray prepared for lengthy haul

Andy Murray’s psychological toughness has by no means been unsure however his victory over Yoshihito Nishioka within the first spherical delivered the surest signal but the Scot can also be bodily able to going the gap at a Major as soon as extra. The 33-year-old, who has twice had hip surgical procedure, battled again from two units all the way down to win 4-6 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(4) 6-Four in his first singles look at a Slam for the reason that 2019 Australian Open. “At the beginning, I was so apprehensive of playing a long match… but when I went two sets down I had to put the after-burners on,” Murray mentioned.

Other outcomes

Men’s singles

Daniil Medvedev bt Federico Delbonis 6-1 6-2 6-4; Matteo Berrettini bt Go Soeda 7-6(5) 6-1 6-4; Roberto Bautista Agut bt Tennys Sandgren 6-Four 6-Four 7-6(3); Milos Raonic bt Leonardo Mayer 6-Three 6-2 6-3; Andrey Rublev bt Jeremy Chardy 6-Four 6-Four 6-3; Karen Khachanov bt Jannik Sinner 3-6 6-7(7) 6-2 6-Zero 7-6(4)

Women’s singles

Garbine Muguruza bt Nao Hibino 6-Four 6-4; Sloane Stephens bt Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-Three 6-3; Aryna Sabalenka bt Oceane Dodin 7-6(1) 6-4; Victoria Azarenka bt Barbara Haas 6-1 6-2; Madison Keys bt Timea Babos 6-1 6-1; Sofia Kenin bt Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 6-2; Johanna Konta bt Heather Watson 7-6(7) 6-1; Elise Mertens bt Laura Siegemund 6-2 6-2; Amanda Anisimova bt Viktoriya Tomova 7-5 7-5

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