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Indian Wells Open 2024: Sumit Nagal falls to Milos Raonic in straight sets

Published at :March 8, 2024 at 12:55 PM
Modified at :April 1, 2024 at 9:25 PM
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(Courtesy : Indian Express)

Ajay Gandhar

Earlier, Nagal was handed main draw entry after Rafael Nadal pulled out of tournament.

Sumit Nagal, who secured a spot in the main draw of Indian Wells Open 2024 following Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal had a Sojourn as he went down to Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-3 in straight sets. The Canadian tennis player delivered a commanding performance against the tenacious Indian competitor, securing victory in straight sets.

The contest quickly became a testament to Raonic’s aggressive strategy and formidable serve, with an average speed of 131 mph, which proved difficult for Nagal to counter.

Nagal, who had previously suffered a defeat to Seong Chan Hong of South Korea in the final qualifying round, was immediately placed on the defensive. Raonic’s assertive style and keen return instincts led to a double break of Nagal’s serve in the first set. Raonic’s strategic mastery was evident as he claimed 9 out of 17 return points.

Despite Nagal’s valiant efforts to regain ground, Raonic’s service game remained unyielding. The Canadian secured five aces, contrasting sharply with Nagal’s none, clearly delineating the direction of the match. Raonic’s control extended beyond his serve, as he consistently applied pressure, eliciting errors from Nagal and setting the tempo of play, and took the first set 6-3.

In the second set, Nagal endeavored to adapt his tactics, seeking to leverage speed and agility to counterbalance Raonic’s strength. Nonetheless, Raonic’s confidence persisted, and his service game continued to dominate. Raonic’s comfort and proficiency were evident throughout the match, leaving Nagal to contend with a relentless onslaught of forceful and precise shots.

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Raonic’s seasoned expertise shone as the match unfolded. He adeptly navigated Nagal around the court, constructing points with his serve and concluding them with robust forehand shots. Raonic’s strategic insight was apparent as he capitalized on Nagal’s vulnerabilities, limiting the Indian player’s chances to establish a presence in the match.

The concluding set marked the pinnacle of Raonic’s supremacy, as he secured it with a 6-3 score. Nagal, despite moments of exceptional play, was unable to maintain the level required to challenge Raonic’s formidable performance. The match concluded in straight sets, with Raonic advancing and Nagal left to contemplate the missed opportunity for a significant breakthrough.

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