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Monte Carlo Masters: Sumit Nagal goes down fighting against Holger Rune

Sumit Nagal lost to world number seven Holger Rune in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters 2024.

Monte Carlo Masters: Sumit Nagal goes down fighting against Holger Rune

Sumit Nagal


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 11 April 2024 3:53 PM GMT

Ace Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal put up a brave fight against world number seven Holger Rune before losing his rain-hit second-round match of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.

Displaying immense grit and determination, Nagal almost ruined Rune's party by winning the second set after the restart of the second-round match. The match was suspended due to rain on Wednesday.

The Indian qualifier was behind 1-2 against seventh seed Rune in the second set, when the heavens opened up.

He lost 3-6, 6-3, 2-6 after battling hard for two hours and 11 minutes in the prestigious clay court event. Nevertheless, it was a memorable tournament for him as he became the first Indian to win a singles main draw match at a Masters event on clay.

Nagal had taken a set off the great Roger Federer at the 2019 US Open.

The 26-year-old Nagal dropped his serve in the second game of the final set to fall behind but broke back immediately and held his serve to make it 2-2. However, he lost his serve again in the sixth game and the match was settled there.

At the Roquebrune-Cap-Martin clay court, he first humbled the eight-seeded Flavio Cobolli in the qualifier and then third-seeded Facundo Diaz Acosto to sail into the main draw of the tournament.

India's flagbearer in singles tennis, then, stunned Italian Matteo Arnaldi in the first round with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Meanwhile, India's Rohan Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden lost their round of 16 men's doubles matches to Mate Pavic of Croatia and Marcelo Arévalo of El Salvador on Wednesday.

They lost 3-6 6-7 (6-8).

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