Sumit Nagal stuns Cristian Garin in Argentina to reach maiden ATP quarterfinal

Nagal defeated World No 22 Garin 6-4, 6-3 for the biggest win of his career

By Samrat Chakraborty

India's ace tennis player Sumit Nagal pulled off a stunning win as he knocked out Chile's second seed Cristian Garin in straight sets in the Argentina Open ATP 250 event in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

In just one hour, 43 minutes he blew away Garin 6-4, 6-3 to progress to his maiden quarterfinal on the tour.

Nagal is currently ranked 150, whereas his Chilean rival is 22 on the ATP charts and has been ranked as high as 18 in the world.

While both Nagal and Garin did well on their first serve, the Indian had the upper hand on the second, winning 10 of 18 points, while his opponent could pick just seven of the 22.

He also made the most of the breakpoints and won seven of the 19, whereas Garin could convert only four.

Nagal had to play the qualifiers to enter the main draw. He churned out a hard-fought win against Carlos Gomez-Herrera 7-6, 6-2, 7-6, eased past Mario Viella Martinez 6-4, 6-2, and beat Nicolas Kicker 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 to progress to the main draw.

In the first round, he destroyed World No.100 Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-2, 6-0, before staging the upset of the tournament.

"It means a lot. I am very happy that I am getting to play a lot of matches. Playing against my friend Garin was fun today. I played a good match, followed my game plan and came out on top of my game. I am enjoying being back on clay and looking forward to my next match," Nagal told the Olympic Channel after the win.

In the quarter-finals, he will take on fifth seed Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain, who is ranked 46th in the world.

The past year has been an eventful one for Nagal where he won his first Grand Slam singles main-draw match at the US Open in 2020 and debuted at the Australian Open 2021.