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 in New York.
In the much-anticipated clash, the 22-year old from Jhajjar lost 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 after giving a glimpse of his talent at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night.
Nagal became only the fourth Indian to win a set in the main draw of a Grand Slam in the last 20 years. What made it special was that it came against Federer, a colossal figure with 20 Grand Slams to his credit. In the process, he became the first Indian ever to achieve the feat.
Nagal played his heart out in the match. He did not let Federer walk over him. Nagal kept pushing hard and did not make many unforced errors. The joueny for Nagal may be over but he has definately showm Indians some hope for the future.
Nagal, who made the main draw through qualifying, returns from the US Open not only richer but also with the experience of what it takes to compete at the biggest stage.
The 20 times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer made a remark on the incredible performance of Sumit Nagal –
“Credit to him(Sumit) to play a solid first set. Never easy to come out and play your best. Even though it’s kind of what you live for, you dream about, playing on the big stage. So I think he did that very well, He knows what he can bring. That’s why I think he’s going to have a very solid career. ”