Australian Open 2021: Sumit Nagal exits in first spherical after 2-6, 5-7, 3-6 loss to Ricardas Berankis

Australian Open 2021: Sumit Nagal exits in first spherical after 2-6, 5-7, 3-6 loss to Ricardas Berankis

Nagal had misplaced to the world No 72 within the final week’s tune-up occasion too.

Australian Open 2021: Sumit Nagal exits in first round after 2-6, 5-7, 3-6 loss to Ricardas Berankis

Whereas Nagal made an impression on his earlier two Grand Slam appearances, he may solely play nicely in patches in opposition to Berankis. AP

Melbourne: India’s Sumit Nagal exited the Australian Open with a first-round defeat, struggling to deal with the power-packed sport of Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis on Tuesday.

Nagal’s problem deflated in a matter of minutes as Berankis’ highly effective groundstrokes proved to be too good for the Indian, who misplaced 2-6, 5-7, 3-6 in two hours and 10 minutes.

Nagal had misplaced to the world No 72 within the final week’s tune-up occasion too.

The 23-year-old Nagal reeled off 4 straight video games within the second set in his bid to stage a comeback however the preliminary dominance by Berankis largely dictated the result of the match.

Whereas Nagal made an impression on his earlier two Grand Slam appearances, the world No 144 may solely play nicely in patches on Tuesday.

The exact and stable groundstrokes of Berankis left Nagal taking part in defensively.

He did battle exhausting and performed higher as the sport progressed however Berankis didn’t falter on key factors.

Serving at 2-3, the Indian hit a forehand lengthy to offer Berankis three breakpoints within the sixth sport and the Lithuanian transformed the second with a forehand winner to go up 4-2.

Nagal himself had three probabilities to attract the primary blood within the third sport, going up 40-0 on Berankis’ serve, however may convert none.

The Indian tried to battle hearth with hearth however the depth proven by Berankis blew him away and he discovered himself serving to remain within the set.

Within the second set too, it was Berankis who dominated the proceedings. Two breaks pegged Nagal again and he went down 0-4.

Nagal struggled to get on the board, lacking two breakpoints supplied by Berankis within the fifth sport however managed to interrupt his rival in that sport.

As he began to play extra aggressive, Nagal discovered a option to claw his method again, making it 4-4.

Berankis was responsible of unforced errors in that quick section, giving straightforward factors to Nagal. Nevertheless, Berankis received the important thing factors to make sure he stood on the correct aspect of the end result.

India’s singles problem is over and now all eyes will likely be on doubles gamers  Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan and Ankita Raina.

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