Nagal teams up with David Ferrer's coach

Sumit Nagal, after his debut Grand Slam tournament, met Javier Ferrer in Bengaluru and decided to join his academy in Spain last month.

Sumit Nagal has decided to escalate his game by signing with Spanish coach Javier Ferrer, brother and coach of former World No. 3 David Ferrer.   -  R. RAGU

 

Fresh from the success of clinching his first ATP Challenger title — the Bangalore Open 2017 — and after playing in his first Gland Slam tournament (Australian Open 2018), Sumit Nagal has decided to escalate his game by signing with Spanish coach Javier Ferrer, brother and coach of former World No. 3 David Ferrer.

“I met Javier in Bengaluru because of my friend Pedro Martinez, who is a fellow player on the circuit. I hit with Javier there and decided to join his academy in Spain last month. It's been only two weeks but I'm enjoying training with him,” Nagal told Sportstar, on the sidelines of the Chennai Open Challenger tournament on Monday.

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In two weeks, Javier noted that Nagal’s backhand needed improvement. “Sumit has a great chance to become one of the best players in the world. He is very young and has a lot of time to improve. He has a very good forehand and must attack more with it. However, he needs to work on his backhand. Not that it is weak, but it's just not as strong as his forehand. He needs to plan his points on his backhand,” said the Spaniard.

There lies a challenge in the alliance; Javier will not be able to devote all of his time to Nagal, given that he also travels with David and Pedro. “I will not travel regularly with Nagal, as I have to travel with David and Pedro as well. Nagal will travel with us in the middle of the season,” he revealed.

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Nagal, who is ranked 217, said he even got an opportunity to hit with David in Spain. “I really look up to David and the way he presents himself. It's a great opportunity for me to follow his training and learn from him,” he said.

When asked if David had given him any tips on his game, Nagal flashed a wide smile and cheekily replied, “No, but I have his brother and that is good enough.”