Gearing as much as compete at subsequent week’s Australian Open, India’s Sumit Nagal on Tuesday mentioned he has a gut feeling that he will bump right into a top-10 player at the primary Grand Slam of the season.
Nagal has been awarded a wild card entry into the hardcourt main and he will come to find out about his opponent when the draw is introduced on Thursday.
On his Grand Slam most important draw debut at the 2019 US Open, Nagal shook the tennis world by taking a set off Roger Federer. The subsequent yr he misplaced to eventual winner Dominic Thiem within the second spherical at the Flushing Meadows.
“I was talking about this with my coach last night and I have a feeling that I will play a top-10 player. It’s my gut feeling, let’s see what happens,” Nagal mentioned in a digital media convention, organized by Sony.
Asked if enjoying in opposition to the perfect gamers get the perfect out of him, the 23-year-old mentioned he learns from huge gamers.
“It is with lot of players that they perform better when they are up against really good players. For me, I get to learn playing them so I don’t mind playing big players, someone in top-10,” he mentioned.
“To try to match what Federer does may be very very tough. What I be taught from him is how he understands himself and the way he reads the sport. He will by no means make the identical mistake twice, he’s that good.
“I could learn a lot from Thiem. I would like to play the way he plays. solid backhand, serving well, good forehand. I try to copy him a lot.”
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Asked to elaborate, Nagal added, “The way he (Thiem) practices, his intensity is pretty high. He makes sure that wherever he does, he does it right. He is very disciplined on court. He does not show bad behaviour in practice or matches.”
Heading into the Australian Open, Nagal has simply performed one match that he misplaced to Ricardas Bernakis in straight units. He additionally shut his 2020 season early.
Does he really feel undercooked earlier than the most important?
“I ended the last season a month earlier and then I tried coming back, I was not ready. There is nothing I can change, I can’t control my past. I am trying to practice as much as possible and get better every day, so I am ready for Australian Open.”
Being the one Indian within the males’s singles is a privilege for him.
“I don’t feel pressure, I feel excited, that maybe I can change things and people will start taking tennis more seriously.”
Having spent the final two weeks in quarantine in Melbourne forward of the event, Nagal mentioned staying in bio-bubbles for longer intervals gained’t be straightforward for gamers and people with household and children will be seen pulling out.
“It depends from player to player. There are players who are older, got family, kids. It’s (quarantine) not easy, you can do it a time or two (once or twice) but to do it for 10 months long is not easy.”
Nagal additionally revealed that he and former Indian Davis Cupper Somdev Devvarman had been planning to work collectively final season.
“But then COVID-19 happened. He is trying to get visa for Germany.”