Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Septemeber 14: Setting up a historic moment, India’s tennis ace Sumit Nagal reached the final of the ATP challenger tour.
He beat Slovakia's Filip Horansky in the Banja Luka Challenger with a straight-set win. This is the first time since the Bengaluru Open in September 2017 that Nagal will feature in a title clash on the ATP Challenger Tour.
Nagal was made to work in the first set that went into a tie-breaker. However, the 22-year-old won the tie-breaker comfortably and carried the form into the second set, which he won by dropping only two games.
Nagal is yet to drop a set in the tournament and a win in the final will help him break into the top 150 in ATP rankings. Nagal is currently ranked 174th, which is his career-best. Nagal had caught international headlines in late August when he made it through to the singles main draw of the US Open. He faced Swiss great Roger Federer in the first round and even won the first set.