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Sumit Nagal scripts history, becomes 1st Indian to win Monte Carlo Masters main draw match

Sumit Nagal made history at the Monte Carlo Masters as he became the first Indian player to win a main draw match at the Masters 1000 event.

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Not very long ago, Sumit Nagal, India's top singles professional, hinted at quitting owing to a lack of financial support (File photo)

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 9 April 2024 4:08 AM GMT

Sumit Nagal, the ace tennis player of India, secured a remarkable victory against world no. 38 Matteo Arnaldi of Italy in the Round of 64 at the Monte Carlo Masters, on Monday. He became the first Indian player to win a main draw match at the Masters 1000 tournament.

The match was a rollercoaster ride, with Nagal triumphing with a scoreline of 7-5, 2-6, 4-6. This win propelled Nagal into the Round of 32, where he is set to face off against Holger Rune.

Nagal's journey at the Monte Carlo Masters has been nothing short of extraordinary. With this victory, he not only secured his place in the next round but also achieved a career-best ranking of 93.

Facing his third consecutive Top 100 opponent, Nagal showcased his resilience and fighting spirit, particularly evident in his superb comeback after dropping the first set. The decider saw Nagal's determination to shine through as he seized control of the match to emerge victorious.

Nagal's win in the Monte Carlo Masters first round didn't come easily. In the thrilling final qualifying round match just on Sunday, he battled against Facundo Acosta, ultimately prevailing with another impressive display, winning 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.

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