What luck do you have to be born with, to be pitched against against Roger Federer in the first match of your Grand Slam career? I think we can all agree that only the luckiest ones get that privilege. Yes, the chances of victory are slim but to begin your career on a high like that - it's quite phenomenal.
I am certain these must be the thoughts in the head of 22-year-old Sumit Nagal who played his first senior Grand Slam match against Roger Federer, earlier today.
What a debut performance!— ALL INDIA RADIO (@AkashvaniAIR) August 27, 2019
Sumit Nagal put in a spirited performance as he made his #USOpen2019 main draw debut against the five-time champion @rogerfederer at Flushing Meadows.
Federer prevailed over #SumitNagal 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6 in Round 1 of Men's Singles. #KheloIndia 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/BD3HNEcL6D
Actually, you know what? Maybe Not. The way he played, he looked pretty determined to defeat Federer and succeeded in giving him a scare by defeating the legend in the first set 6-4.
Sumit ultimately went down 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 but showed great spirit and it's something people can't stop appreciating.
Winning a set against the living legend is no mean feat. And running Federer close in the fourth set, just incredible!— Saraswat Mandarapu (@SarasMandarapu) August 27, 2019
Pat your back Sumit Nagal, you did great! Here's to greater wins ahead 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
.@Maheshbhupathi always mentioned Sumit Nagal to me as a real talent. Was evident today. He needs to grow from here on. 1 set can well be 2 the next time and then! The process has to continue. @kushansarkar please don’t worry about people who don’t follow sport.— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) August 27, 2019
Sumit Nagal goes down fighting to Federer 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6 in R1 of #USOpen .— Praveen Sikkapatte🌍 ಪ್ರವೀಣ್ ಸಿಕ್ಕಾಪಟ್ಟೆ (@PraveenSikkapte) August 27, 2019
Winning 3 Qualifying matches; then taking a set against the maestro & breaking him twice is a wonderful achievement.
Great Effort by Sumit Nagal pic.twitter.com/6rBReZKEr6
What a year for this young lad ! From not getting an entry to play Maharashtra Open qualifiers, going to win 3 matches to play US Open to play Roger Federer in the 1st match, taking the first set, breaking Roger twice. Way to go Sumit Nagal #SumitNagal 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/3NwSj5mI02— Indian Sports Fan! (@SportsFan_India) August 27, 2019