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US Open 2020 Round 2, Sumit Nagal vs Dominic Thiem Highlights: Thiem wins in three sets

US Open Tennis 2020 Round 2, Sumit Nagal vs Dominic Thiem Highlights: World Number 3 Dominic Thiem beat Sumit Nagal 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 4, 2020 1:31:19 am
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US Open 2020 Round 2, Sumit Nagal vs Dominic Thiem Tennis Highlights: Sumit Nagal made a spirited start to his Round 2 match against Dominic Thiem but eventually ran out of steam as the Austrian stamped his class and won 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

Nagal became the first Indian to win a singles match at the US Open in seven years after Somdev Devvarman when he beat Bradley Klahn. After taking a set off Roger Federer in his outing at the US Open last year, Nagal has gone one better this time – a second round appearance.

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US Open 2020 Round 2, Sumit Nagal vs Dominic Thiem Highlights:

01:25 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Thiem wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

Another forehand goes long from Nagal. Match Point number 2. Thiem hits the nets. Deuce again. Thiem, who has grown in stature as the match has gone on, is now failing to close out the win. Match point number 3 with a backhand down the line. 90mph backhand! And Nagal goes long with another forehand. Thiem wins the match 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

01:23 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Match Point number 1 for Thiem

Both players hold serve. Nagal serves at 2-5, with Thiem closing in on the win as the match stretches just up to 2 hours. Thiem brings up a match point with a forehand on the line. Match Point number 1 in Nagal vs Thiem. Nagal serves. And wins the point. We go to Deuce.

01:11 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Thiem up 4-1 in 3rd set

Nagal holds serve after an 8-minute game. That's the first time he has registered on the scoreboard in the third set. Shows a lot of spirit to play some wonderful rallies to take that game. Is just being outmatched by Thiem at the moment. Nagal pulls off a running passing shot that kisses the corner of the court. Point of the match for Nagal! Thiem closes out the game to go up 4-1.

00:58 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Thiem 3-0 up in 3rd set

Thiem holds serve as the third set gets underway without much trouble. Nagal plays a long game on serve and is broken in the third set straigtaway as well. Thiem now up 2-0 in the third set and seems on the road to a three-set win. He races to holding his serve in the third game as well. Wins it at love. Thiem leads Nagal 6-3, 6-3, 3-0.

00:43 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Thiem takes second set, goes up 6-3, 6-3

Nagal's first serve has let him down today. And he doesn't fare too much better this game either. A double fault to go down 0-40 in the last game of the 2nd set. Nagal has done so well to fight back to positions of advantage but has let himself down with his serve and a few unforced errors. Thiem takes the second set 6-3.

00:41 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Nagal serves at 3-5

Thiem pulls off a crosscourt forehand - possibly the point of the match so far - to break Nagal again. On 15. Thiem goes 5-2 up and will serve for the second set. Thiem looks to be hitting top gear. Nagal roars back with two crashing forehands to put some pressure back on him. Brings up Nagal's first break opportunity of the set. And he does break back to stay alive. He serves at 3-5.

00:32 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Thiem 4-2 up in 2nd set

Both players hold serve without much sweat. Nagal has been broken at the outset in both the sets so far and that is what has hamstrung him so far today. Thiem plays another perfect game on serve. Goes up to the net to close out the points. In this form, there are few chinks in Thiem's game Nagal can look to take advantage of. Thiem goes 4-2 up in 2nd set.

00:21 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Thiem 2-1 up in 2nd set

Thiem seems to be pulling away in this early moments of the second set. Nagal is broken straightaway as the set starts. Thiem then holds a love game. Nagal takes back some control in the third game. Controls a few rallies, lets Thiem do the running, and closes out the game at love. Thiem 2-1 up in the second set.

00:11 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Thiem takes first set 6-3

It had looked for a while that Nagal would stretch Thiem in the first set but the Austrian closes out the first set with relative ease. Finishes off with an ace. 18 unforced errors from Nagal in the 1st set, 15 from Thiem. An untidy first set from both players.

00:08 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Thiem serves for 1st set

New balls are used from the eighth game onwards, and Nagal does not start well. Goes down 15-40. But sees off the two break points with some fiery winners. Goes to Advantage but makes another double fault to let Thiem off! Thiem finally breaks Nagal after a long rally of forehands. Thiem goes 5-3 up and serves for the first set.

00:00 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Nagal to serve at 3-4

Terrific stuff from Nagal! After a bit of an awry start, Nagal has stepped into his own in this first set. Thiem can't hold a candle to his serve as the Indian throws the court wide open with some wide shots and then fires an unplayable winner. An ace to get Nagal back level 3-3. Thiem hold serve this time though as Nagal perhaps goes too strong on a few of his shots and goes long. Thiem leads 4-3

23:53 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Nagal breaks back - To serve at 2-3

Nagal gets on the scoreboard. Holds serve without too much effort as play restarts after the break. Rohan Bopanna seen on the sidelines of Arthur Ashe, presumably to cheer on the 23-year-old. Nagal puts up much more fight in the next game as well, drawing Thiem into some long rallies. And Nagal has roared back! Brings up a break point for himself with a strong forehand that Thiem can't stop. Thiem comes up with an ace to go to take us the Deuce. Nagal, covering a lot of the court, brings up break point after break point, with Thiem faltering on the forehand. And after 10 minutes of a gruelling game, Nagal has broken back!  

23:39 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Thiem 3-0 up

Thiem fires an ace to finish off the third game, going into the first break of the match with a 3-0 lead. Nagal has been unable to make a mark yet, his two double faults being costly on his serve. Can he make a comeback in the first set?

23:35 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Nagal broken early - Thiem 2-0 up

Nagal gets a sense of how difficult this match could be as he has to stave off a break point on his first serve in the match. Nagal then gives a second break point to Thiem as he commits a double fault. Does well to hit a forehand winner and wriggle his way out. And another double fault from him! What an erratic start from the Indian. Thiem goes 2-0 up.

23:27 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Match begins - Thiem 1-0 up

Thiem serves first. Nagal gets the first point of the match as Thiem goes long with a forehand. Thiem gets his first point after that with a cross court forehand. And takes the next three points to close out the first game 1-0. A great start from Thiem. Nagal covering a lot of lateral ground as well. 

23:18 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Crowd not being there might favour me: Nagal

'Last year I had a good match here. Looking forward to another great opportunity. The crowd not being there might favour me more than Dominic. He brings a lot of energy on court and has made it into a few Slam finals. It's not going to be easy for me,' says Nagal as he steps out. Nagal took the first set against Federer in the 1st round last year. This is the first time he is into the 2nd round of a Slam. Can he continue his historic run? 

23:15 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Nagal vs Thiem

Action time in men's singles on Arthur Ashe now. The first match of the day on the main court is done. Now for a quite a rare moment for India, Sumit Nagal will step on to the main court for a showdown against Dominic Thiem, one of the sport's champions in waiting. The big match to begin in a few more minutes.

23:07 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Sofia Kenin wins

The Aussie Open champ Sofia Kenin takes out 17-year-old Flag of Canada Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3. Won 76% 1st serve pts.Time for Sumit to take the big stage now.

22:59 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Arthur Ashe Stadium

Currently, Kevin vs Fernandez in the women's singles second round is taking place at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Down a set and a break in the second, Fernandez is probably not going to win against Kenin today. 

22:32 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Big day for Sumit

In a display of composure, determination, patience and skill, Nagal registered a 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over American Bradley Klahn. With the win, he secured a second-round match against World No. 3 Dominic Thiem on Thursday. Nagal’s win brings to an end a seven-year wait to see an Indian singles player in the second round of a Grand Slam.

“It was very emotional for me. I had been waiting for this,” he says, putting into perspective what the win meant to him. “I had a lot of injuries in my career which pushed me back, and I blame myself for it a lot. And today, after winning my first round, I could finally smile .”

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