Stan Wawrinka survives 1st set scare vs Sumit Nagal to reach Prague Open 2020 semis

Stan Wawrinka dropped the first set but fought back to overwhelm Sumit Nagal 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the quarter-finals of Prague Open 2020.

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Sumit Nagal won the first set vs Stan Wawrinka but lost the quarters. (PTI Photo)
Sumit Nagal won the first set vs Stan Wawrinka but lost the quarters. (PTI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India’s rising tennis player Sumit Nagal took the first set off Stan Wawrinka 6-2
  • Stan Wawrinka roared back into the game to win the next two sets 6-0, 6-1
  • Stan Wawrinka will be up against Czech player Michael Vrbensky in the semi-final

India's top singles player Sumit Nagal won the first set against 17th ranked Stan Wawrinka but the Swiss star advanced to the singles semi-finals of the Prague Open with a come-from-behind 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 win over lower-ranked Indian.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka was given a scare in the Prague Open 2020 quarterfinal when World No. 127 and India’s rising tennis player Sumit Nagal took the first set off the Swiss champ. But Wawrinka eventually prevailed and won the match 2-6, 6-0, 6-1.

The Swiss star, who is a three-time Grand Slam winner, will be up against Czech player Michael Vrbensky in the semi-final, who earlier beat Sweden’s Elias Ymer in a three-set thriller.

Wawrinka had earlier secured his place in the quarter-finals by overcoming a stern test from the German player Oscar Otte 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. The Swiss was just three points from exiting the tournament as the match entered the business end of the second set.

In the doubles draw, the top-seeded Indo-Dutch combo of Divij Sharan and Robin Haase also advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3 6-2 win over Jonas Forejtek and Michael Vronsky.

The ATP Challenger Tour taking centre stage in Prague is one of the first major tournaments in which some of the top-ranked players are taking part, prior to the delayed-U.S. Open to be played from August 31.

On Thursday, Argentina’s Guido Pella and Hugo Dellien of Bolivia were said to be at risk of missing the U.S. Open, after they were put in quarantine for 14 days due to their fitness trainer testing positive for COVID-19.

One of tennis’ four Grand Slams, the U.S. Open usually attracts the world’s greatest players to Flushing Meadows every year but several top athletes have dropped out of the 2020 edition due to the pandemic.

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