New York, September 3
Sumit Nagal doesn’t count on to dominate Austrian Dominic Thiem like his close to namesake and idol Rafa Nadal after they meet within the US Open second spherical on Thursday, however the 23-year-old Indian is relishing the problem on the most important stage.
Nagal on Tuesday grew to become the primary Indian to win a singles match on the US Open in seven years when he beat Bradley Klahn and instantly set his sights on Thiem who has reached two French Open finals, shedding each to Nadal.
“I’ve got nothing to lose,” stated Nagal, who took a set off Roger Federer in his first spherical defeat on his Grand Slam debut at Flushing Meadows final 12 months.
“Last year I played Roger Federer and this year Thiem. It’s going to be a great match. For sure, I’m not the favourite.”
Second seed Thiem, who reached his third Grand Slam ultimate at this 12 months’s Australian Open, was removed from convincing in his opener towards Jaume Munar and went by when the Spaniard retired damage after dropping the primary two units.
Andy Murray endured a extra gruelling first outing and confirmed that he’s bodily able to going the space at a serious after hip surgical procedure by beating Yoshihito Nishioka in 5 units.
The Briton may face a difficult take a look at towards 15th-seed Felix Auger-Aliassime within the second spherical.
Serena Williams will proceed her bid for a record-equalling 24th main crown when she takes on Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan whereas Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin will meet Canada’s Leylah Fernandez.
American Sloane Stephens, the 2017 champion, will sq. off towards Olga Govortsova of Belarus whereas Aryna Sabalenka performs Victoria Azarenka.
Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev, who misplaced to Nadal in final 12 months’s ultimate, faces Australian Christopher O’Connell as he chases his maiden Grand Slam title. Reuters