Delhi boy Sumit wins American Cup TennisDecember 13th, 2011 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Delhi boy Sumit Nagal won the under-14 boys American Cup Tennis Championship at the Miccosukee Tennis Club in Miami, Florida.
Sumit defeated Canada’s David Volfson 1-6, 6-1 and 10-6 in an intense battle Saturday that lasted nearly two and a half hours. Sumit got off to a nervous start before settling down and using his power to control the points with his forehand.
“I was inconsistent in the first set, I just wanted to calm down and play the way I know I can play in the second and third sets and I did that,” Nagal, who splits his time of training between Delhi and Toronto with his coach Bobby Mahal, said in a statement. Mahal is the first Indian player to win the event.
Sumit dominated the group matches. In the first round, he defeated Japan’s Kentaro Mizushima 6-1, 6-3 and beat Serbia’s Dusan Vukicevic 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. Sumit won 6-3, 6-3 in the third round against Israel’s Ben Fatael and won the quarterfinal encounter against Denmark’s Benjamin Hannestad 6-3, 6-2. In the semi-final, he defeated Russian Evgeny Tyurnev 6-2, 3-6, 10-5.
Some top players like Fernando Gonzalez (1994), Marcos Baghdatis (1999), Andy Murray (2000), Novak Djokovic (2001) have won the tournament in past.
Sumit now gets ready for the 50th Annual Junior Orangebowl in Miami, Florida, December 17-23.
Mahesh Bhupathi said Sumit is an exciting talent for Indian tennis.
“It’s exciting for Indian tennis, I believe Sumit is the real deal and hope this is one of many stepping stones that will lead him to be a top player,” he said.
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