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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal’s spirited fight against World No.3 Roger Federer in the US Open 2019 clash on Tuesday has won the hearts of the twitterati. Although Nagal lost the clash against Federer, he did beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion 6-4 in the opening set of the match.

    22-year-old Nagal, who is currently placed at 190th in the world rankings, was making his Grand Slam debut against Federer at the Arthur Ashe stadium in New York. 

    The player, hailing from Haryana state, had the eyes of Indians glued to TV sets after beating his “idol” Federer 6-4 in the opening set of the match. However, the Swiss legend bounced back quickly, winning the next three sets 6-1, 6-2, and 6-4 to progress to the second round of the US Open for the 19th time in a row.

    As Nagal became the first ever Indian to win a set off Federer in a Grand Slam, the twitterati were ecstatic at the feat. Heaps of praise poured in over Nagal, who is only the fifth Indian male player to feature in a Grand Slam singles main draw this decade.

    In his earlier interviews, Nagal has often stated that he looks up to the 38-year-old Federer as his role model and idol.  The Haryana player had an unsuccessful 2018, when he was marred with injuries and was placed outside 300 in Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Rankings. However, in 2019 Nagal managed to pull up his socks and break into the top 200 of the ATP rankings. 

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