Nagal fights into Prague quarters

New Delhi, May 6

India’s Sumit Nagal came from a set down to defeat Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 4-6 6-1 6-4 in the Round of 16 at the Prague Open, an ATP Challenger Tour claycourt event, today.

The 23-year-old, who defeated Czech Republic’s Zdenek Kolar in straight sets in the previous round, showed grit to bounce back strongly against the veteran Ukrainian, 35, after dropping the opener. Stakhovsky is a former top-50 player.

Bopanna-Shapovalov beat top seeds

Madrid: India’s Rohan Bopanna combined with his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov to stun top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open Masters 1000.

This was the 41-year-old Bopanna’s first win on the ATP tour in 2021. — Agencies

Barty enters final

Madrid: Rafael Nadal defeated Alexei Popyrin 6-3 6-3 to make it to the Madrid Open quarterfinals today. Third-ranked Daniil Medvedev lost to Cristian Garin 6-4 6-7(2) 6-1. Earlier, Dominic Thiem defeated Alex de Minaur 7-6(7) 6-4. Top-ranked Ashleigh Barty cruised into the women’s final with a 6-4 6-3 win over wild card Paula Badosa. Barty will be playing in her fourth final this year, having won the previous three. AP/pti

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