Murray River Open: Sumit Nagal faces first 1st round defeat in lead up to Australian Open 2021

India’s singles player Sumit Nagal did not have an ideal start to his 2021 season as he faced an opening round defeat at the Murray River Open on Monday. Losing 2-6, 2-6 to Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, the 23-year-old was dismantled by the world number 72 in the USD $320,775 ATP 250 event in Melborune.

The Indian, ranked 139 in the ATP singles chart lost 2-6, 2-6 after failing to convert any of his two break chances. He also dropped his serve four times in the match.

The defeat would now force the Jhajjar-born to think about his game and make quick adjustments before entering the Australian Open 2021, the first Grand Slam of the decade.

Earlier in 2020, India’s top-ranked men’s singles player Sumit Nagal reached the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career when he beat USA’s Bradley Klahn 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in their US Open 2020 men’s singles 1st-round match.

In the process Nagal became the first Indian men’s singles player to win a Grand Slam main draw match since Somdev Devvarman in 2013. Somdev had reached the 2nd round at 3 majors, barring the Wimbledon, in 2013.

However, the youngster’s US Open 2020 campaign came to an end in the 2nd round after he lost in straight sets to Dominic Thiem, who went on to win his maiden Grand Slam in the tournament. Nagal went down 3-6, 3-6, 2-6 to Austrian world number 3 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium which was nearly empty.

Elsewhere, Rohan Bopanna, who served a hard quarantine, was been paired with Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen for the Murray River Open and they opened their campaign against Australian wild card pair of James Duckworth and Marc Polmans.

The duo lost the match 4-6, 3-6 to exit from the tournament.

Divij Sharan and Igor Zelenay entered the next round after beating Guillermo Duran and Albert Ramos-Vinolas 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 in their opening round.

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