Australian Open 2024: Sumit Nagal's history-making campaign ends as he loses to Shang Juncheng in second round

Nagal is the first Indian since Ramesh Krishnan in 1989 to beat a seeded player in the singles main draw of a Grand Slam.

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Australian Open 2024: Sumit Nagal's history-making campaign ends as he loses to Shang Juncheng in second round

Sumit Nagal loses to Shang Juncheng as history-making Australian Open 2024 campaign ends in round 2. Image- News9live

Indian player Sumit Nagal's challenge has ended in the Australian open 2024 as he had to face defeat at the hands of China's Shang Juncheng 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 4-6 in the second round, that lasted for 2 hours and 50 minutes.

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Sumit Nagal loses to Shang Juncheng as history-making Australian Open 2024 campaign ends in round 2. Image- News9live
Sumit Nagal loses to Shang Juncheng as history-making Australian Open 2024 campaign ends in round 2. Image- News9live

Nagal had a great start in the match played on court number 13 on Thursday and he won the first set easily. However, after this the Chinese player made a tremendous comeback. Shang broke Sumit's serve in the fourth game of the second set. After this the Chinese player easily won the second set. Then Sumit could not make a comeback even in the third and fourth sets and he lost the match. The Chinese player will take on Spain's Carlos Alcaraz in the third round.

Earlier, Sumit Nagal had created history by defeating Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in the first round. Nagal won that match 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (5). This was the first time in 35 years that an Indian male tennis player defeated a seeded player in a singles Grand Slam. Nagal is the first Indian since Ramesh Krishnan in 1989 to beat a seeded player in the singles main draw of a Grand Slam.

Despite the defeat in round 2, by courtesy of the round 1 victory, the 26-year-old walks away with Aus$180,000 (around Rs 98 lakh) in prize money. For much of last year, Nagal was ranked outside the top 500 due to a series of injuries. But he recovered to prop up his ranking to world no 122.

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On the other hand, India's Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden (Australia) have reached the Australian Open 2024 second round of men's doubles. The second seeded Bopanna-Ebden pair won 7-6 (5), 4-6, 8-6 (2) against Australian players James Duckworth and Marc Polmans. The Indo-Australian pair will now face Australian players John Millman and Edward Winter in the third round.

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