Sumit Nagal received a style of top-level tennis throughout a 3-6 3-6 2-6 defeat by the hands of world quantity three Dominic Thiem because the younger Indian exited the US Open right here on Thursday.
Taking part in in opposition to the second seeded Austrian, the Indian misplaced in straight units to Thiem, who celebrated his twenty seventh birthday with a commanding efficiency within the second spherical on the Athur Ashe stadium.
Thiem, this yr’s Australian Open finalist, had mentioned that he has seen movies of Nagal’s recreation and knew that he has a ripping forehand. Nicely ready, he got here out with a transparent technique of not giving many balls on the forehand aspect of the Indian.
Nagal got here into the competition after giving India a uncommon singles primary draw match win at a Grand Slam however it was all the time going to be a frightening activity for him to problem somebody who has made two French Open finals.
Thanks 2020 US Open. Tons to study. Going to maintain working exhausting!
— Sumit Nagal (@nagalsumit) September 3, 2020
Gradual off the blocks, Nagal was damaged early however the slogger that he’s, he stored Thiem below stress, creating as many as 5 probabilities to interrupt again within the fifth recreation that lasted 10 minutes.
He transformed the fifth breakpoint when Thiem made an unforced error and made it 3-3 with a straightforward maintain, driving momentum.
Taking part in with a whole lot of vitality and stinging strokes, these had been the very best two video games that Nagal performed because the hole between him and the highest gamers was on show after that.
Thiem, utilizing his superior recreation shifted gears with outstanding ease, turning the tide with a direct break and served out the set.
Nagal misplaced his serve early once more with Thiem getting a grip of his returns. The Austrian began to serve higher and in addition unleashed his big-hitting recreation, protecting the match in a decent grip.
Thiem broke the 23-year-old Nagal another time within the seventh with a cross court docket winner to serve at 5-2.
Nagal received a break again when Thiem hit a backhand lengthy on the third breakpoint however dropped his serve within the subsequent to present his fancied opponent a two-set benefit.
Thiem wrapped up the match with ease at the same time as Nagal stored discovering winners right here and there. He fought exhausting and saved a match level, too, however it was clear that the younger Indian’s greatest will not be sufficient to bother the highest weapons.
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