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India's Sumit Nagal qualifies for US Open main draw, to face Roger Federer in first round

Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 24, 2019, 04.44 PM (IST)

Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal has qualified for the US Open main draw and will be facing former world number one Roger Federer in the first-round match. 

Nagal defeated Brazil's Jaao Menezes 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to become the youngest Indian in 25 years to qualify for the main draw. This will be Nagal's first appearance in a Grand Slam. Nagal had earlier won the Wimbledon Boys' doubles title in 2015.

The 22-year-old will be the second Indian to take part in US Open 2019 men's singles event. Prajnesh Gunneswaran had earlier qualified for the tournament as he gained automatic qualification.

This is the first time since 1998 that two Indians will be participating in the men's singles event of a Grand Slam.

Previously, in 1998 Wimbledon tournament, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi had represented India in the singles event.

Gunneswaran will take on Daniil Medvedev in the first round match on Monday, August 26 while Nagal will face Federer in the first round match. 

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This is the first time since 1998 that two Indians will be participating in the men's singles event of a Grand Slam