From on the verge of hanging his racquet to making a dream Grand Slam debut against Roger Federer at the U.S. Open last month, Indian Sumit Nagal has tagged himself as a survivor and hopes that his journey going forward would have lesser obstacles.
Making his Main Draw Grand Slam debut against the Swiss at the US Open, Nagal gained himself a number of followers in New York following his performance against Federer. “I really wanted that. I was so happy,” Nagal told Reuters in an interview.
“I was getting a massage when my coach messaged saying I am playing Federer. That was the best thing that could’ve happened”. “I felt a bit nervous while I was walking in. First few minutes were tough, I had never been to a court like that, never seen so many people.
But when I finished the match, I enjoyed it, I enjoyed being there,” he further added. “It was lot of fun to play on that court ... against Roger. I was happy but I wasn’t happy the way I played, I think I could have done better but overall I was satisfied”.
He then spoke about his idol – Rafael Nadal, saying that, “I like how he plays, how much hunger he brings on the court and the way he fights,” Nagal said. “He does not want to give you any points, you have to work for it”.