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Divij Sharan and partner Nikola Cassic were on the backfoot in the first game, where they lost break points on their serve. -File photo
- Playing the US Open with a direct entry, Sumit Nagal defeated the Bradley Klan of America 6–1, 6–3, 3–6, 6–1.
- Rohan Bopanna will step down in the Men’s Doubles with Canadian Denis Shapovalov against American duo Rubin and Escobado
Indian tennis player Divij Sharan and his Serbian partner Nikola Cassic were eliminated in the first round of the US Open doubles. He is defeated 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 by 8th seed Croatia’s Nikola Mectic and Dutchman Wesley Coolhoff. At the same time, Sumit Nagal will face world number-2 Dominic Thiem of Austria in the second round of Men’s singles.
Divij and Nikola were on the back foot in the first game, where they lost three break points on their serve. However, he won four consecutive points and managed to take a 1-0 lead.
Divij looked uneasy about the service game
Mectic-Coolhoff equalized the score in the second game and then took a decisive lead of 2–1 in the third. Divij and Nikola again looked uneasy about their service game and this time their opponents did not give them any chance. Mectic-Coolhoff will next face Simone Bolelli and Maxmo Gonzalez. They have beaten Santiago Gonzalez and Ken Skupski 6-4, 6-3.
Rohan doubles in the match
At the same time, in the doubles match, Indian Rohan Bopanna will enter the men’s doubles with his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov. They are to compete with American star duo Noah Rubin and Ernesto Escobado.
Sumit Nagal reaches second round
Indian star Sumit Nagal won his first round match on Tuesday night. They defeated the Bradley Klan of America 6–1, 6–3, 3–6, 6–1. He is the first Indian to win a round of a Grand Slam in 7 years. Somdev Devvarman did this before him. He also won the main draw of the 2013 US Open. The Indian then defeated Lukas Lacko of Slovakia. Indian tennis star Nagal is playing the tournament for the second time. His next match will be against world number 3 Dominic Thiem of Austria.
Nagal got direct entry to US Open
Several veterans, including defending champion Rafael Nadal and most 20 Grand Slam winners Roger Federer, have withdrawn from the tournament due to Corona. For this reason Nagal has got a direct entry to the US Open. He is the first Indian to win the first match of Men’s Singles in 7 years.