New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Sumil Nagal has become the first Indian to a singles main draw match in the last seven years after he defeated United States' Bradley Klahn in the first round of the US Open on Tuesday.

Nagal defeated Klahn 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round and will now be facing face Dominic Thiem, the second seed. The Austrian player outshined Spain’s Jaume Munar 6-7, 3-6 as his opposition suffered a knee injury.

The 23-year-old dominated the American player all across the match. Although, Nagal fell behind in the third set after losing his serve for the first time in the match, he bounced back in the fourth set to seal his berth in the second round of the men’s singles.

The world number 122 is competing in his second Grand Slam main draw after receiving a direct entry into the US Open, which several top players will miss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is the only Indian in the men's field with Prajnesh Gunneswaran, ranked 132, missing out.

Last year, Nagal reached his maiden Grand Slam at the US Open after winning all his qualifying round matches to set up a dream encounter with the legendary Roger Federer. In the much-anticipated clash, the 22-year old from Jhajjar took a set off Federer before going down 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6.

Professional tennis tours have been on a hiatus since March because of the coronavirus outbreak, with play resuming for women at Palermo Ladies Open earlier this month in Italy.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta