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Sumit Nagal becomes first Indian to win a set against Roger Federer

Roger Federer of Switzerland, left, and Sumit Nagal of India shake hands after their match. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 27, 2019, 01.18 PM (IST)

Sumit Nagal has become the first Indian tennis player to with a set against legend Roger Federer during their first-round match at the this year's US Open on Tuesday. 

In the first round, Nagal gave a tough fight to the former world number one. At one stage the set was tied at 4-4 but the 22-year-old Nagal won games continuously, won the first set 6-4. 

Federer, however, survived the scare winning the match 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. 

Nagal is also the fourth player to take the opening set against Federer at the US Open.

Peter Wessels (Netherlands), Jose Acasuso (Argentina) and Frances Tiafoe (America) are the other three people who have previously won the first set against the Swiss tennis maestro.

Nagal, who is currently ranked at the 190th position in the ATP rankings, had qualified for the US Open main draw on Friday.

Nagal had become the youngest Indian in 25 years to qualify for the main draw of a Grand Slam as he had defeated Brazil`s Jaao Menezes 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. He had earlier won the Wimbledon Boys` doubles title in 2015.