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India’s Sumit Nagal snatches a set from Federer in US Open
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India’s Sumit Nagal snatches a set from Federer in US Open

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India’s Sumit Nagal made a spirited battle against 20-time Grand Slam Champion, Roger Federer and even grabbed first set (6-4) at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

Though finally, Sumit Nagal gave in to Roger Federer’s experience and power in four set long battle (4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4) India's Sumit Nagal has marked his arrival on the battlefield of Tennis.

The Indian youngster incredibly won the first set 6-4 but Federer, who hasn't triumphed at the US Open since the last of his five straight titles in 2008, upped his game thereafter to stamp his authority and win the match 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

The Swiss third seed, a five-time champion in New York, produced 19 unforced errors to surprisingly drop the first set against a player without a tour-level win. When the match began it was Federer who surprisingly looked intimidated under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights as he sprayed errors all around the court but the Swiss great woke from his slumber in time to turn the match resoundingly in his favour.

World number 190 Sumit Nagal, who has never earned a tour-level victory and only qualified for the year's final Grand Slam last week, came out swinging and even put a rare look of incredulity on the faces of those inside third seed Federer's box.

The 22-year-old Indian used impressive court coverage and sent heavily-spinning shots over the net during his dream start but his legs started to look more wobbly as the match wore and Federer righted the ship.