The top-ranked Indian tennis player endured a three-sets loss to world No. 39 Miomir Kecmanović in the opening round of the ATP 250 event.
The top-ranked men’s singles player in India, Sumit Nagal, bowed out of the Bett1Hulks Championships following his opening-round loss to Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanović on Monday.
Up against the world No. 39 Kecmanović, Sumit Nagal started well to take the opening set but the Serb came back strong to register a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 win on the hard courts in Cologne.
Making the main draw as the lucky loser, Sumit Nagal was quick to get into the act as he broke his opponent in the second game to take a 2-0 lead.
From there on, the Indian tennis player steadily built on his performance as another break followed in the fourth.
Things seemed to go well for the world No. 130 Sumit Nagal, as he consolidated the break soon after and then came close to serving Kecmanović a bagel.
This time the Serbian held on to his serve and then went on to break Sumit Nagal twice before the Indian could wrap up the opening set.
That, however, proved to be the turning point as Kecmanović started the second set on a positive note to break his opponent in the opening game.
Though Sumit Nagal rallied well to push the set into the tie-breaker, the Serb barely faced any trouble before drawing parity.
The third set was all about Kecmanović as he didn’t allow Sumit Nagal any space to breathe and wrapped up the match in no time.
Earlier, Prajnesh Gunneswaran had to dig deep for his opening-round win at the Wolffkran Open, an ATP Challenger event in Ismaning, Germany.
Up against Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina, the Indian won his first-round match 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) in the tie-breaker.
The other Indian in action, Ramkumar Ramanathan too enjoyed a quality outing, winning his first-round match with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over France’s Quentin Halys at the Ismaning Challenger.