Chandigarh, Sumit Nagal of India on Wednesday suffered his second successive defeat in the ATP Challenger, as he went down to Alejandro Tabilo of Chile 7-6 (5), 6-2, 2-0, he got retired in over two hours and 11 minutes match in the second round of $162,480 Santo Domingo Open ATP Challenger tournament.
Nagal, seeded sixth, started authoritatively in the first set as he raced to a big 4-1 lead after breaking Alejandro Tabilo in the fourth game. However, Tabilo staged a smart recovery and after breaking Nagal’s service in the seventh game, he levelled the score to 4-4. Thereafter the set progressed with serve before Nagal clinched the set in tie-breaker 7-6 (5).
Tabilo, ranked 224, looked in total command as he did not drop even a single game in the second set which be won by 6-0. Nagal’s service was broken in the second, fourth and sixth game.
Leveled one set-all, Tabilo won his service game in the third set to take 1-0 lead. Then a marathon and fierce tussle ensued. Nagal, who was playing with his career best world ranking of 129, saved six break points before he was broken after deuce was called eight times. With Alejandro Tabilo taking a 2-0 lead, exhausted Haryana lad retired on medical ground. Second game score sequence was: 0-0, 15-0, 15-15, 30-15, 40-15[BP], 40-30[BP], 40-40, A-40[BP], 40-40, 40-A, 40-40, A-40[BP], 40-40, A-40[BP], 40-40, A-40[BP], 40-40, 40-A, 40-40, 40-A, 40-40, A-40[BP].
Both players served one ace each and non of them committed a double fault. Alejandro Tabilo kept his first service 83 per cent in while Nagal’s first service was 73 per cent in. Nagal saved six break points out of seven. His rival won out out of seven break points.
Nagal earned $1560 and five ATP points. It was Nagal’s second successive defeat and third in last 14 matches he has played in ATP Challenger. He had given by in the first round.
In the men’s doubles, Nagal is partnering with Krstin Pedja of Serbia where they have been drawn to play third-seeded pair of Ariel Behar of Uruguay and Gonzalo of Ecuador.