Prague, August 17
Sumit Nagal superior to the pre-quarterfinals of the Prague Challenger tennis event after his opponent Jay Clarke of Britain retired damage right here on Monday.
Nagal, ranked 127 on the earth, was main 6-Three 5-7 4-1, when Clarke determined to name it quits within the second spherical match after enjoying for over two hours.
The 22-year-old Indian, enjoying his first aggressive match since his Davis Cup encounter in opposition to Croatia’s Marin Cilic in March, had obtained a bye within the opening spherical.
Nagal, seeded sixth within the event that additionally options three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka, will face native favorite Jiri Lehecka within the spherical of 16.
Other Indians within the fray embrace Divij Sharan and N Sriram Balaji, who will likely be competing within the doubles occasions with separate companions.
Sharan will companion Dutchman Robin Haase and so they had been seeded No. 1. Balaji will be a part of arms with Belgium’s Kimmer Coppejans.
Nagal may even characteristic within the doubles with Belarusian Ilya Ivashka.
Later this month, Nagal will compete in his second Grand Slam essential draw as he has obtained a direct entry into the US Open. PTI