India’s Sumit Nagal exited the Australian Open with a first-round defeat, struggling to deal with the power-packed recreation of Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, right here on Tuesday.
Nagal’s problem deflated in a matter of minutes as Berankis’ highly effective floor strokes proved to be too good for the Indian, who misplaced 2-6 5-7 3-6 in two hours and 10 minutes.
Nagal had misplaced to the world quantity 72 within the final week’s tune-up occasion too.
The 23-year-old Nagal reeled off 4 straight video games within the second set in his bid to stage a comeback however the preliminary dominance by Berankis largely dictated the end result of the match.
While Nagal made an impression on his earlier two Grand Slam appearances, the world quantity 144 might solely play properly in patches on Tuesday.
The exact and strong floor strokes of Berankis left Nagal enjoying defensively.
He did battle onerous and performed higher as the sport progressed however Berankis didn’t falter on key factors.
Serving at 2-3, the Indian hit a forehand lengthy to provide Berankis three breakpoints within the sixth recreation and the Lithuanian transformed the second with a forehand winner to go up 4-2.
Nagal himself had three possibilities to attract the primary blood within the third recreation, going up 40-0 on Berankis’ serve, however might convert none.
The Indian tried to battle fireplace with fireplace however the depth proven by Berankis blew him away and he discovered himself serving to remain within the set.
In the second set too, it was Berankis who dominated the proceedings. Two breaks pegged Nagal again and he went down 0-4.
Nagal struggled to get on the board, lacking two break factors supplied by Berankis within the fifth recreation however managed to interrupt his rival in that recreation.
As he began to play extra aggressive, Nagal discovered a technique to claw his manner again, making it 4-4.
Berankis was responsible of unforced errors in that quick part, giving straightforward factors to Nagal.
However, Berankis received the important thing factors to make sure he stood on the best facet of the outcome.
India’s singles problem is over and now all eyes can be on doubles gamers — Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan and Ankita Raina.