Sumit Nagal reaches final qualifying round for the first time in Miami Open; enters top 100 ranking

Sumit Nagal had made it to the main draw of his last tournament Indian Wells due to Rafael Nadal's last-minute withdrawal.

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Sumit Nagal reaches final qualifying round for the first time in Miami Open; enters top 100 ranking

Sumit Nagal wins at Miami Open on debut. Image- Hindustan Times

Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal, on his debut in Miami Open, defeated Canada's Gabriel Diallo by the score of 7-6(7-3), 6-2 in the first round qualifier match on Monday.

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Sumit Nagal wins at Miami Open on debut. Image- Hindustan Times
Sumit Nagal wins at Miami Open on debut. Image- Hindustan Times

With the win, Sumit Nagal reached the final qualifying round and will face 19-year-old Coleman Wong of Hong Kong, whom he had earlier defeated in two straight sets at the ATP Bengaluru Challenger.

At the same time, Sumit Nagal, who broke into the world top 100 after winning the Chennai Open last month, is likely to reach a new career-high of world No. 92 in the ATP Live Rankings after this win. Nagal had created quite a flutter in January when he advanced to the second round of the Australian Open. That effort had played a big part in launching him into the top-100 of the ATP rankings.

Talking about the match, Nagal started a little slow but won the tie-breaker in the first set after saving a break point in the seventh game to take the lead of 1-0. He came back and dominated the second set, breaking Diallo in the first and seventh games. Nagal won the tie-breaker in the first set after saving a break point in the seventh game, while he dominated the second set, breaking Diallo in the first and seventh games.

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Sumit Nagal had made it to the main draw of his last tournament Indian Wells due to Rafael Nadal's last-minute withdrawal but then lost to Milos Raonic in the first round. He had to face defeat in the final qualifying round of the tournament despite presenting a tough challenge against South Korea's Hong Seong-chan.

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