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Nagal draws Berankis in Australian Open first round clash

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February 05, 2021 17:11 IST
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This will be Sumit Nagal's third appearance at a Grand Slam

IMAGE: This will be Sumit Nagal's third appearance at a Grand Slam. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Sumit Nagal was expecting to face a top-10 player in the opening round of the Australian Open, instead, on Friday, the Indian tennis player drew Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis as his first round opponent.

It will be Nagal's second clash against the world number 72 in as many weeks after losing to the Lithuanian early this week in the build-up event.

 

If Nagal, a wild card entrant and world number 139, can cross the first hurdle, he will run into either 19th seed Russian Karen Khachanov or local wild card Aleksandar Vukic.

It will be Nagal's third Grand Slam men's singles appearance, having competed in US Open (2019, 2020) twice.

Ankita Raina, who was waiting to know if she gets 'lucky loser' spot in the women's singles, could not make the cut.

In the men's doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan will compete with their respective partners.

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