Sumit Nagal from India won an amazing victory at the Australian Open. He beat the 31st-ranked player, Alexander Bublik, in three sets with scores of 6-4, 6-2, and 7-6(5). Now, he’s moving on to the second round and will face the winner of the match between Mackenzie McDonald and Shang Juncheng.
This is a big moment in history because Nagal is the first Indian player since Ramesh Krishnan in 1989 to beat a seeded player at a Grand Slam. Nagal, who is the top-ranked Indian singles player, made it to the main draw by defeating Alex Molcan from Slovakia without losing any sets. This is his fourth time competing in a major tournament.
Sumit Nagal was born on August 16, 1997, in Jhajjar, Haryana. He started playing tennis at the age of eight at a local sports club and later joined Mahesh Bhupathi’s training academy when he was ten. After that academy closed, he continued his training in Toronto with Coach Bobby Mahal.
Despite facing injuries, Nagal has improved his ranking from being outside the top 500 last year to 122. His performance in the Australian Open qualifiers, where he didn’t lose a single set in three matches, shows that he’s in good form.
Sumit Nagal was the last Indian to play in the singles main draw of a Grand Slam at the 2021 Australian Open, and he received a singles wildcard at that time. In the 2020 US Open, he also made history by being the first Indian in seven years to win a main draw match at a Grand Slam.