Sumit Nagal lifted his maiden Challenger level title

Vastavam web: Sumit Nagal’s sensational campaign at the ATP Bengaluru Open culminated in a superb fashion as he lifted his maiden Challenger level title with a three-set win over Briton Jay Clarke, here today.Unseeded 20-year-old Nagal defeated his British opponent 6-3 3-6 6-2 in the summit clash of the USD 100,000 hard court event, earning crucial 100 ATP ranking points.
“I had to be aggressive against Clarke because he is a great player and move across the court quickly,” Nagal said after the match.The tournament has been a big breakthrough for Nagal, who toppled India’s best singles players Yuki Bhambri and other international established players such as Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic, who is ranked 102 in the world.
Nagal won the first set easily but Clarke fought his way back to remain in hunt for the crown.Clarke began the third and final set by breaking Nagal in the very first game but in a counter-attack, Nagal broke back.Nagal again broke Clarke in fourth game and open up a 3-1 lead and saved a breakpoint in fifth game to pull away.Clarke won the next game after he saved one break point, but lost the ninth game of the final set.