India Today Web Desk New YorkAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 20:16 IST US Open 2019: Sumit Nagal takes on Roger Federer in his Grand Slam debut on Monday in New York (Bengaluru Open Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSumit Nagal takes on Roger Federer in the US Open 2019 1st round matchNagal faces his idol in his Grand Slam main draw debutVirat Kohli wished Nagal the best ahead of the much-anticipated matchVirat Kohli may idolise tennis great Roger Federer but when it comes to backing his countryman, the India cricket team captain has said he will cheering for Sumit Nagal. 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer will take on qualifier Nagal in a highly-anticipated 1st-round match back in the country.Virat Kohli took to social media to wish 22-year-old Nagal, who will be making his Grand Slam debut on Monday at the iconic Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.”And congratulations to @nagalsumit for qualifying for the #USOpen. A humongous task facing the great@rogerfederer, but we will be cheering for you. Best Wishes and Goodluck ?????? (sic),” Virat Kohli wrote on Twitter.And congratulations to @nagalsumit for qualifying for the #USOpen. A humongous task facing the great @rogerfederer, but we will be cheering for you. Best Wishes and GoodluckVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 26, 2019Sumit Nagal, World No. 190, came up with terrific performances in the qualifying tournament. The 22-year-old outclassed Joao Menezes of Brazil in the final qualifying round, clinching a come-back-from-behind win — 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in 147 minutes.Sumit Nagal had reportedly hoped for a first-round outing with Roger Federer when he came to know that the Swiss great would be playing a qualifier in his US Open 2019 opener. And to his delight, the dream came true.Sumit Nagal, who won the Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger tournmaent in 2018, has been consistent at the Challenger level. However, making it to ATP tournaments had been a struggle. Nagal suffered a dip in form in 2019 and was bogged down by injury issues as well.advertisementHowever, in 2019, Sumit Nagal rose 171 places on the ATP rankings to enter the top 200 of men’s singles tennis. Apart from making his maiden main draw at an ATP 500 event in Hamburg earlier this year, Nagal gifted himself the biggest match of his career by performning well in the US Open qualifying.Sumit Nagal has become only the fifth Indian men’s singles player player to feature in a Grand Slam main draw in this decade.Don’t care what the commentators will be saying about me on TV: Sumit NagalSumit Nagal could not have asked for a better Grand Slam debut. The young Indian player will be playing in front of a packed house at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night against his idol Roger Federer, whom he calls “the god of tennis”.”I want to play him. It doesn’t matter. It’s not about winning or losing all the time. It’s just the experience. It’s playing someone who has 20 Grand Slams,” Sumit Nagal told ATP’s official website.”There’s just so much excitement. I’ve seen him play 50 matches here. And the energy playing at night at the US Open is insane. I’m very, very excited. I’m going to bed happy, with a smile on my face,” Nagal added.”I don’t care what the commentators will be saying about me on TV. I’m going to be enjoying the crowd, playing the best tennis player ever. I’m just some dude from India. I’m fine with that until I make my name. That’s it.”Time for a #Fedal, this time as early as the 1st round of US Open.Also Read | Roger Federer god of tennis, super happy to play him: Sumit Nagal on US Open 1st round tieAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sumit NagalFollow Roger FedererFollow Virat KohliFollow US Open 2019 Next Virat Kohli to Sumit Nagal ahead of Roger Federer clash at US Open 2019: Will be cheering for youUS Open 2019: World No. 190 Sumit Nagal will take on tennis great Roger Federer in the 1st round, which will also be the India player’s first-ever Grand Slam main draw match.advertisement
Jeyanathan was admitted to hospital and he was pronounced dead.It is believed he suffered a cardiac arrest while riding the motorcycle and this led to the accident. Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Deputy Chairman Anthony Jeyanathan dies in Mullaitivu today.The police said that the motorcycle he was riding lost control and crashed.