Hamburg Open 2019: India's Sumit Nagal qualifies for maiden appearance in main draw of any ATP 500 tournament

21-year-old Sumit Nagal has been enjoying a good run, having reached the semifinals in five challenger tournaments and getting close to the Top 200 rankings

Press Trust of India July 21, 2019 19:29:46 IST
Hamburg Open 2019: India's Sumit Nagal qualifies for maiden appearance in main draw of any ATP 500 tournament
  • Nagal pipped Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, world number 128 and seeded third here, 6-4, 7-5 in the second and final qualifying round of the clay-court event.

  • Nagal has enjoyed stupendous success in the last few weeks in the Challenger circuit, where he made five semifinals in seven tournaments

  • Indian Sumit Nagal has previously played in the main event of the ATP 250 Tata Open Maharashtra as a qualifier

Hamburg: Taking a big step forward, Indian youngster Sumit Nagal on Sunday assured himself of a maiden appearance in the main draw of an ATP 500 tournament, qualifying for the Hamburg European Open.

Hamburg Open 2019 Indias Sumit Nagal qualifies for maiden appearance in main draw of any ATP 500 tournament

File image of Sumit Nagal. AFP

The 21-year-old pipped Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, world number 128 and seeded third here, 6-4, 7-5 in the second and final qualifying round of the clay-court event. Before this, the 205-ranked Nagal competed in the main draw of the ATP 250 Tata Open Maharashtra in 2018 as a qualifier.

ATP 500 events are next only to ATP Masters 1000 tournaments and the Grand Slams. Of late, only Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunneswarana and Yuki Bhambri played at the big stage.

Nagal has enjoyed stupendous success in the last few weeks in the Challenger circuit, where he made five semifinals in seven tournaments. He recorded the biggest win of his career when he beat world number 56 Martin Klizan at the Bratislava Open last month.

He had started the year outside the 350-bracket but is now very close to the top-200.

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