India tennis player Sumit Nagal progressed to the second round of the men’s singles here in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Nagal outclassed Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 in the men’s singles first round on Saturday.
The first set between Nagal and Istomin was a closely fought affair and neither one of them was giving an inch. However, Nagal was able to make the break at crucial junctures and as a result, he won the first set 6-4.
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The 23-year-old carried on with his momentum in the second set, and he upped his game a notch, not giving Istomin an inch.
Nagal had a comfortable lead in the second set and it was looking he would wrap up the match in a jiffy, but Istomin made a comeback and the second set was brought level at 6-6.
Istomin continued with his momentum and he went on to take the second set 7-6, sending the match into the third and deciding set. Nagal won the third set 6-4, and as a result, he progressed to the next round.
Nagal will Daniil Medvedev in the second round.