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Bengaluru Open: Sumit Nagal continues strong run to reach singles semifinals

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India’s Sumit Nagal stayed on course for a back-to-back ATP Challenger crown as he got the better of Adam Walton in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the DafaNews Bengaluru Open 2024 being played at the KSLTA Tennis Stadium here on Friday night.

The second Indian, who broke into the world top-100 after a title triumph in Chennai last week, was tested by Walton in the opening set but kept his composure under pressure to register a 7-5, 6-2 win and set up a semi-final clash against 7th seed Stephano Napolitano of Italy.

Napolitano defeated Tunisia’s Moez Echargui 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4 in the other quarterfinal. It was, however, a heart break for other Indian in the draw, Ramkumar Ramanathan, as he went down against 9th seed Seongchan Hong of South Korea after a hard-fought three set encounter.

Ramkumar had fought back from a set down to force a decider but Hong proved a bit strong for the Indian in the business end of the third seed and won the match 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. The South Korean will now face Oriol Roca Batalla of Spain for a spot in the final.

But Nagal gave the local crowd, which had waited till late in the evening to see him in action, something to cheer for. The 26-year-old looked comfortable at the start of the match as he opened up a 4-1 lead before Walton staged a fightback.

However, Nagal relied on his ground strokes to pocket the set 7-5. The second set was a lot smoother affair as the Indian broke his opponent twice to wrap the match in 2 hours and six minutes.

DafaNews Bengaluru Open is being organised by Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA). The ATP Challenger event began on January 12 and will conclude on January 19.

Results:

Singles: 7-Stephano Napolitano (Ita) bt Moez Echargui (Tun) 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4; 8-Oriol Roca Batalla (Esp) bt Maks Kasnikowski (Pol) 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-5; 9-Seongchan Hong (Kor) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan (Ind) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

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