Indian ace tennis player Sumit Nagal confirms his place in the final of Chennai Open Challenger 100 tournament while Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni takes the doubles title on Saturday.
Sumit Nagal takes a comfortable victory in a straight-set (6-3, 6-4) encounter against young 21-year old Dalibor Svrcina of Czech Republic in the semis and just one win away from a debut in the top 100 at ATP rankings.
The match started with a service game of Sumit Nagal, where he somehow managed to survive the early scare from Dalibor and save three break points to hold on to his serve in just the first game of the match.
After this, he regained his focus and comfortably took the first set 6-3 with a break on the final serve of Dalibor which was the eight game of the set.
He continued this momentum in the second set and quickly makes a massive lead of 5-1 on the virtue of two breaks and was looking comfortable to take the match. But, after 7th game he felt little discomfort in his left shoulder and takes a small medical break.
Dalibor makes full use of this injury and takes one break back straight after this small halt and makes the match much closer with 4-5 but Sumit despite of his pain, avoided another break and finish the set 6-4.
Nagal has now reached his career- best ranking of 107 after this win and very close to that top 100 mark for the first-time in his career.
He will play the much-anticipated final with the top seeded Luca Nardi of Italy tomorrow. The winner will not only get the championship title but will also register their first-ever entrance in the top-100 world rankings.
Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni wins their second career title as a pair with a hard fought match (3-6, 6-3, 10-5) in an all-Indian final against the fourth seeded Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli and Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha.
They came out from one set down to convert the match into their favour in a super tie-breaker.
The first game was going very closely poised till the first seven games, after that Nikki broke the serve of Saketh on a deuce with a beautiful straight baseline return in the empty space to take the lead and then close out the set to 6-3.
The experienced pair of Ramanathan and Saketh quickly recover from this early setback to take a 3-0 lead after breaking the serve of Niki Poonacha, who finds the net on a Saketh's cross court return and takes the match into decider with 6-3.
They maintained this momentum and gets two mini-breaks in the super tie breaker and gets an early lead of 6-2 and then grabs the match 10-5 when Bollipalli's return on a serve of Saketh goes out of bound.
The two Indian pairs will want to keep this momentum in the coming tournaments in Bangalore And Pune in the following weeks.