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Bengaluru open: Nagal breezes through the Wong test

<p>Coleman Wong gave second-seeded Indian Sumit Nagal his toughest test to date, but Nagal had enough left in him to overcome the opposition and advance to today’s Bengaluru Open semifinals.</p>
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<p>An hour and forty-six minutes of hard fight saw Nagal win 6-2 7-5. However, Nagal’s early success misled observers about the difficulties he would face later in the game.</p>
<p>When Nagal led 2-0 in the first set, he carried on his trend of gaining an early break. It was not, however, all plain sailing as the 26-year-old had to fight to maintain his serve in the very next game after trailing 0–30.</p>
<p>In the ninth game, Nagal scored another break to win the first set 6-2. But in the second set, Wong, who is 19 years old, put up more of a fight.</p>
<p>Wong broke Nagal in the fifth game, the Indian player’s first service drop in the event, after the previous four games ended in a serve-out.</p>
<p>Throughout this section, Wong settled into a rhythm, wearing Nagal down with his serves and ground strokes.</p>
<p>The world No. 98 did, however, rally in the sixth game to level the score at 3-3, but this was partly due to his opponent making a few careless mistakes. Nagal was down 0–40 in the seventh, but he got up to make it a deuce. A few points later, he held the serve to move up 4–3.</p>
<p>On Wong’s serve, the Indian star moved up 40–15 in the tenth game, giving him a great opportunity to end the match. Wong persisted in demonstrating resistance, but Nagal converted his third match point in the twelfth game. — PTI</p>
<p>Ramkumar thinks that India can conquer Sweden.</p>
<p>Bengaluru: Ramkumar Ramanathan maintains that even if the hosts decide to play the September match on clay courts, the Indian Davis Cup squad is prepared to meet the challenge of Sweden. In their five meetings, India has never defeated Sweden. They will undoubtedly play on clay. However, we have been playing some amazing tennis, and Sumit Nagal is someone I believe can take them all out. Although it will be a tight match, Ramkumar is certain that we have the upper hand in doubles.</p>

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