India’s Sumit Nagal qualifies for US Open main draw, to face Roger Federer in first round


New Delhi: India’s Sumit Nagal scripted history as he became the youngest Indian to qualify for the US Open main draw in 25 years. He will be facing Swiss Roger Federer in the first-round match.

Sumit qualified for the main draw after beating Joao Menezes of Brazil 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the final qualifying round match on Friday.

This will be Nagal’s first appearance in a Grand Slam. Nagal had earlier won the Wimbledon Boys’ doubles title in 2015.

Nagal will be the second Indian to take part in US Open 2019 men’s singles event as Prajnesh Gunneswaran had earlier qualified for the tournament as he gained automatic qualification.

This is the first time since 1998 that two Indians will be participating in the men’s singles event of a Grand Slam.

While Prajnesh will face fifth seed Daniil Medvedev in the first round at around 10 pm (IST) on Monday night, Nagal will face Roger Federer on Tuesday morning, starting at around 6.30 AM (IST).

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