Inside-out Sumit Nagal and courageous Ramkumar Ramanathan storm into the second round | Tennis News

Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan showed courage and survived tough opening rounds in the $130,000 PMRDA Maha Open men's decathlon…
Read more
PUNE: Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan showed courage and survived tough opening rounds in the $130,000 PMRDA Maha Open men's tennis event.


Top seed Nagal, ranked 101st in the world and fresh from winning the Challenger title in Chennai two weeks ago, maintained the intensity to overcome the difficult moments and secured a 7-6 (6), 6-4- Victory against Yu Hsiou Hsu from Chinese Taipei. Nagal will face compatriot and wildcard player Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha in the second round of the ATP Challenger 100 event.

Ramkumar shook off a loss of serve in the opening game to beat last week's champion in Bengaluru, Italian world number 160 Stefano Napolitano, 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in a tense thriller. Center Court. The 29-year-old from Chennai will next face Russian Alexey Zakharov.

Nagal faced a break point in his very first service game and then fought his way out of a triple break point situation in the next game to stay level with Hsu. Although Hsu, who won the boys' doubles titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2017, lost his serve with two double faults against the run of play in the seventh game, he raised his level and managed a break when the Indian served for love the set in the 10th game.

Nagal was solid in the tiebreak but his form dipped immediately afterwards. The players then traded breaks, but Hsu held in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Then Nagal showed his best and used his trademark forehand to break the shackles.
K Kumaraswamy is a chief correspondent at The Times of India,… Read more

End of article