Sumit Nagal wins Chennai Open, set to enter top-100

Chennai: India’s top singles player Sumit Nagal Sunday won his fifth Challenger-level singles title, outplaying Italian Luca Nardi in the final of the Chennai Open — an achievement which will propel him into the top-100 for the first time in his career.

Nagal’s 6-1 6-4 win is likely to take him to 98 when the fresh rankings will be issued Monday.

Nagal will be first Indian to feature in singles top-100 since left-handed Prajnesh Gunneswaran made the cut in 2019.

It has been a terrific start to the 2024 season for the 26-year-old Indian, who qualified for the Australian Open main draw and knocked out top-30 player Alexander Bublik in the first round.

Nagal has been in tremendous form as he won the Chennai Open without dropping a set.


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