Sixth seeded Sumit Nagal of India will be up against Jay Clarke of Great Britain in the second round of the 2020 Prague Challenger. This match is scheduled to begin not before 12 noon local time (11 am BST) on Monday, August 17. Get the live streaming options of this Sumit Nagal v Jay Clarke match along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Sumit Nagal v Jay Clarke Head to Head
There have been two previous matches between Nagal and Clarke, and the Indian won both those encounters. Interestingly, both those matches came at the Bangalore Challenger, in 2017 and 2018, and this will be the first time they will be facing off on clay and outside India.
Indian Number One Nagal Struggles This Year
After a solid last season which saw him win one Challenger title and trouble Roger Federer at the US Open – where he also shot to fame due to that – the Indian number one has had a year to forget so far.
Nagal failed to qualify for the Australian Open after losing in the first round of the qualifiers, and in his home tournament at the Pune Open, he was defeated by Viktor Troicki in the opener. At the same Bangalore Challenger, he fell in the third round and then lost his opening match at the Pau Challenger late in February.
That turned out to be his last ATP competition of the year before he featured in the Davis Cup for India and was nearly blanked by Marin Cilic in their singles tie.
During the break, Nagal played in an exhibition tournament in Basel where he finally managed to stitch together two wins in a row before losing in the semifinal.
What’s interesting to note is Nagal has got a direct entry into the US Open but he has finally decided to resume tennis with a Challenger competition to be played on clay. The one obvious reason for that is his record on clay which is second to no other surface, especially having had a 38-17 win-loss record last season on it.
Clarke Overcomes Clay Court Specialist in Opener
Clarke was drawn to face 175th-ranked Dmitry Popko in his first round match and it turned out to be a match between equals given the Brit himself is 166th in the world. A close tie-breaker in the first set was won by Clarke, before Popko levelled the match at a set apiece.
It took Clarke’s solidity to help him prevail over his opponent in the final set to make it to the second round.
Popko is a clay court specialist, as his record shouts out – he has won 105 matches on clay since the start of 2019 and lost just 41. And while those were mostly at the lower-tier, the fact that Clarke was able to get past Popko should put him on a pedestal.
Because in Nagal he has an opponent who does well on clay and things could get interesting as a result.
Sumit Nagal v Jay Clarke Prediction & Tip
Nagal is 1/2 to win the match and while Clarke has shown what he is capable of in his opening round, we are backing the Indian to move into the third round.
Tip: Nagal to win: 1/2 (bet365)