Chandigarh, Sep 28 : Sumit Nagal of India will meet eigth seed Facundo Bagnis of Argentina in the singles final of the $54,160 Buenos Aires ATP Challenger in Argentina on Sunday. The finalists registered semi-final victories in contrasting styles.
While Nagal took just 54 minutes to dispose of the challenge of fourth seed Brazilian Thiago Monteiro , dropping just one game at 6-0, 6-1 while Facundo Bagnis registered a three set verdict 6-2, 3-6,6-3 against his countryman third seed Leonardo Mayer in two hours and seven minutes.
Twenty two years old Sumit Nagal of India displayed a dazzling show as he dropped just one game to barge into final with a stunning 6-0, 6-1 triumph against fourth seed Brazilian Thiago Monteiro. Despite not having ATP victories yet, the No. 161 Sumit Nagal from Jhajjar (Haryana) is totally focused to garner more points to move to the next level, today won six out of eight break points and kept his first service 69 per cent in. He won 91 per cent points (20/22) on his first service and 50 per cent points (5/10) on the second service. Sumit Nagal won total 57 points out of 77.
Monteiro, seeded fourth, kept his first service 49 per cent in and won 41 per cent points (9/22) on his first service and 30 per cent points (7/23) on his second service. He saved two out of eight break points he faced. He won a total of 23 points.
Monteiro served two aces in comparison to one by Nagal. Monteiro committed three double faults.
Nagal has been quoted as saying “My intention is to add points to go to the next level, to continue growing. My goal is to reach the Australian Open, that is the main goal and why I flew so far from my house. Besides, during the whole summer I was playing in brick dust, which is the surface that I like the most, that's why I came to South America.
After shooting into limelight in the US Open where he made his debut in Grand Slam and playing his first round against tennis legend Roger Federer in the first round, Sumit Nagal flew in Buenos Aires to participate. On Saturday, Sumit Nagal was accompanied by Argentine coach Mariano Delfino, who trained the Indian player for some years and came especially from Rosario to see him. UNI