Russia’s second seed Daniil Medvedev will play India’s Sumit Nagal in the second round of the Olympics men’s singles on Monday, July 26. Get the live streaming options of this Daniil Medvedev v Sumit Nagal match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Sumit Nagal Head to Head
Second-seeded Medvedev will play 160th-ranked Sumit Nagal for the first time on Monday.
Medvedev Avoids Potential Scare Against Bublik
Daniil Medvedev defeated Alexander Bublik in a match played under sweltering conditions. Temperatures reached 33C during midday, at a time when Medvedev’s match had kicked off. Both players struggled immensely with the stifling humidity that gave them no interlude.
Medvedev had played Bublik as recently as this year’s French Open, beating the Kazakh in straight sets. The Russian looked reasonably comfortable as he raced to break the Kazakh’s serve in the first game which proved enough to take a one-set lead. He fired six aces in the first set, and did not face a single breakpoint.
In the second set, Bublik appeared interested and despite the conditions causing him to gasp for air, he improved significantly. In contrast to the first set, Bublik out-aced Medvedev and ran him close in first-serve points won (72 to 74).
Medvedev recovered from dropping his serve in the second game but needed a tiebreak to settle the score. Despite taking an unassailable 4-0 lead, errors began creeping in the Russian’s reliable baseline game, and even giving Bublik a rare set point. But he did not take it, and went on to serve an untimely double fault to at 8-9 in tiebreak giving Medvedev the chance to finish him off.
Nagal Makes Indian History
25 years on from India’s last singles win at the Olympics, it was only fitting that Sumit Nagal was the man to break that barrier. In fact, Nagal was not born the last time an Indian player completed that accomplishment (Leander Paes winning at Atlanta 1996).
His inclusion was somewhat fortuitous. He did not make the cut in the first entry list until a spate of withdrawals forced his name into the reckoning. He grabbed the chance with both hands and gave the former World No. 33 Denis Istomin a torrid time in their first-round match.
Nagal looked well on his way to victory when he led the Uzbekistani 6-4 5-2 before he faltered badly while serving for the match. Istomin forced his way back into the match and took the second set in a tiebreak.
Istomin appeared to have all the momentum on his side, but the 23-year-old Indian saved a pair of crucial breakpoints in the second game of the deciding set. And when Istomin served at 4-4, he was broken courtesy of some penetrating groundstrokes. Nagal with a second bite on the cherry, made no mistake when serving for the match.
Medvedev v Nagal Prediction and Tip
Nagal’s historic win in the first round means that Indian hopes in singles remain afloat. But he is unlikely to challenge Daniil Medvedev for too long, especially if his second serve continues to fall below 50%. The Russian has forged a reputation as an imposing presence from the baseline, and this should be reflected on the scoreboard.