Tennis professional Sumit Nagal created history at the ongoing US Open after he became the first Indian to win a main draw singles match at a Grand Slam event on Tuesday. Facing former world no 63, America’s Bradley Klahn, Nagal dropped only one set to claim a 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win to cruise into the second round.

Last for India, it was Somdev Devvarman, who had entered the second round of the Australian Open, French Open and US Open in 2013.

In the second round, Nagal will take on second seed Dominic Thiem on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Indian was quoted as saying by Reuters: “I’ve got nothing to lose”.

“Last year I played Roger Federer and this year Thiem. It’s going to be a great match. For sure, I’m not the favourite,” Nagal added.

Last year, Nagal grabbed everyone’s attention after he took a set off Swiss tennis star Roger Federer on his Grand Slam debut at Flushing Meadows. Even though Nagal suffered a first round defeat, he left an impression of a warrior.

Talking about the preparation for the US Open amid the coronavirus pandemic, Nagal said: “I don’t think we’ve had enough match practice on hard courts. It’s going to be the same for both of us for the match on Thursday.”