Takes a set before succumbing in four; Serena routs Sharapova; Djokovic cruises
The fighting spirit shone through in Sumit Nagal’s dream Grand Slam debut as he took a set off the iconic Roger Federer before fizzling out at the US Open, here on Monday.
In a much-anticipated clash, the 22-year old lost 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 after giving a glimpse of his talent at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Nagal became only the fourth Indian — after Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni — to win a set in the main draw of a Grand Slam in the last 20 years.
Nagal, who made the main draw through qualifying, returns from the Open not only richer by $58,000 but also with the experience of what it takes to compete at the biggest stage.
Federer endured a shaky start to the match but for Nagal it was the best he would have felt on a tennis court.
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