The Indian doubles player Rohan Bopanna praised Sumit Nagal, who lost to Roger Federer in the US Open first round and now reached the Buenos Aires Challenger final. Bopanna said: "I think Sumit is definitely growing as a player and getting a lot more confident.
Before coming to the US Open where he took a set from Federer, he had a great clay court season, doing really well in the Challengers. He qualified for the Hamburg 500 event too. Unfortunately, he got hurt there. I was watching the qualifying matches in the US Open and he was playing extremely good tennis.
I think he is definitely moving in the right direction. Apart from Sumit, even Prajnesh (Gunneswaran) has had a good year. He has sustained his ranking in the top 100." On his next plans, Bopanna added: "It's not the first year I've had a season like this.
The main thing to look forward to is the hard-court season and it was a lot better compared to my clay court season for sure. I'm playing more tournaments with a single partner and it has made an immense difference. I've been playing with Dennis Shapovalov now for a few tournaments.
I'm also playing the next two 500s and Masters in Tokyo, Shanghai, Vienna and Paris with Shapovalov. I'm really looking forward to finishing the year pretty strong." He also praised Denis Shapovalov: "I think he is very flamboyant and unique.
He is also equally talented as a tennis player. He is super quick so it makes it easy to work with him. He is young and being a left-handed player, he has got an extremely tough service to return. That gives me a huge advantage at the net to constantly help him out in doubles."