India’s top singles player Sumit Nagal on Monday jumped 23 places to enter the top 100 of the ATP singles rankings for the first time in his career. With Sunday’s win at the Chennai Open Challenger, Nagal moved up to 98th in the latest singles rankings which is topped by Serbian star Novak Djokovic.
Last month, Nagal became the first Indian in 35 years to defeat a seeded player in a Grand Slam. He caused an upset by defeating world number 27 Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in the first round, however, he lost to Juncheng Shang of China in the second round. Nagal is the first Indian to break into the top 100 after left-hander Prajnesh Gunneswaran broke into the top 100 in 2019.
Nagal said after the victory in Chennai on Sunday, “I am very emotional. Every tennis player’s dream is to reach at least the top 100. As I said earlier, it is great to win this match in front of our home crowd, there could not have been a better place for it. ,
“I don’t think there were words to describe it,” he said. Everyone was crying. There were less words, more tears. I am still very emotional. Last year my ranking was 500, after which I had surgery and there was no financial support, so last year was very difficult. “There were a lot of ups and downs,” he said. I’m glad I found a way to move forward each day.
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