It was a bittersweet day for India on the penultimate day of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger 100 match on Saturday.
Even as Sumit Nagal’s singles marketing campaign ended with a straight-sets defeat to American Nicolas Moreno De Alboran within the semifinals, Arjun Khade, partnering with Britain’s Jay Clarke, gave the house crowd one thing to cheer for by profitable the boys’s doubles title.
Khade and Clarke had a comparatively simple match within the doubles last, beating Austria’s Sebastian Ofner and Croatian Nino Serdarusic 6-0, 6-4.
In the day’s first match, Nagal had a scrappy outing as he went down 6-4, 6-2 to Alboran after squandering quite a few probabilities.
In the opening sport, Nagal had two break factors earlier than just a few unforced errors, and a few good first serves allowed Alboran to prevail.
Nagal struggled for accuracy in his groundstrokes and was conservative with weak first serves, permitting the American to dictate the play.
In between this, Nagal, on the identical time, additionally produced some sensational preventing expertise within the longer rallies and received some gorgeous factors.
But regardless of breaking the American twice within the first set, Nagal’s poor service video games value him dearly as he misplaced his serve thrice.
Similarly, within the second set, Nagal misplaced his serve within the fourth sport with 4 unforced errors and will by no means get well. Alboran will now play Australian Max Purcell, who beat compatriot Dane Sweeney, within the males’s singles last on Sunday.
Results: Singles (semifinals): Nicolas Moreno De Alboran (USA) bt Sumit Nagal 6-4, 6-2; Max Purcell (Aus) bt Dane Sweeny (Aus) 6-4, 7-6;
Doubles (finals): Jay Clarke (GBR) & Arjun Kadhe bt Sebastian Ofner (Aut) & Nino Serdarusic (Cro) 6-0, 6-4.