One of the most interesting revelations at the ATP Buenos Aires tournament is the Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal. These, he beat in the Argentine tournament terraioli of excellent level as Sousa and above all Christian Garin and today the chance to access the semifinals of the tournament is played against the Spaniard Ramos Vinolas.
Not many know Nagal at a tennis level, known above all for his proximity, only in terms of surnames, with the tennis legend and current number two in the world Rafael Nadal. The 23-year-old tennis player is well known in the Indian community, but in general when tennis fans see his name on the scoreboard they immediately check that it is not a mistake caused by the similarity with the winner of 20 Spanish Grand Slam titles.
Thanks to these successes, in particular the victory against Garin, the Indian tennis player has guaranteed greater visibility and today in Buenos Aires he will play his first career quarter-finals in an ATP tournament. Sumit Nagal is currently number 150 in the world.
Sumit Nagal's last name is often mistaken for that of Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal. And Nagal, while flattered by the comparison, feels that it makes very little sense. And in an interview with Argentinean website Ole, Nagal spoke about the comparisons to Rafael Nadal and how they amuse him.
Sumit Nagal on his passion for Rafael Nadal
"They can't compare me to Rafael Nadal," Sumit Nagal said. "He is a phenomenon on and off the court. Those who compare me (to him) amuse me because it doesn't make any sense."
The 23-year-old revealed that the 13-time French Open champion and former World No. 3 David Ferrer are his biggest role models when it comes to tennis. "I love watching Rafael Nadal play," Nagal said. "He is one of the players that I see play the most, but I also loved to appreciate every movement of David Ferrer - how he moved, his shots, his mentality, how hungry he was, his competitive instinct.
Everything. They are my top two idols." The Indian has been based in Europe for the past few years now, and has developed a strong affinity to red dirt. "Seven years ago, I went one summer (to Germany) to play Inter-clubs and since then, I have become fond of the surface.
It is my favorite surface," Nagal said. With Europe seeing a fresh surge in coronavirus cases and with a new mutant strain of the pathogen driving the spike in Britain, many fear that the Wimbledon and the French Open may be delayed or canceled altogether.
However, the newly appointed general manager of the French Tennis Federation has sought to dispel any fears around the French Open this year.