Sumit Nagal wins Buenos Aires Challenger, likely to break into top 135 of ATP rankings

Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal claimed the Buenos Aires Challenger title as he stormed to a 6-4, 6-2 win over Facundo Bagnis in the final on Sunday.

The Buenos Aires Challenger triumph marks Sumit's second Challenger title, with the first one coming at the Bengaluru Open in 2017.   -  Getty Images

Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal claimed his career's second Challenger title on Sunday as he eased past World No. 166 Facundo Bagnis in the final of the Buenos Aires Challenger. Nagal prevailed 6-4, 6-2 over the Argentine in the summit clash.

Nagal had defeated local hope Francisco Cerundolo in the quarters, while he beat fourth-seeded Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinal. His win at the $54,160 ATP Challenger tournament will all but put the Indian in the top 135 of the ATP rankings scheduled to be released on Monday.

The triumph marks Nagal's second Challenger trophy, with the first one coming at the Bengaluru Open in 2017.

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The rising tennis star, who won the junior Wimbledon boys doubles title in 2015, is coming on the back of a remarkable couple of months that saw him battle his way into the main draw of the US Open and earn a first round clash against 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.

Nagal, making his Grand Slam debut, sent tongues wagging as he took the first set against Federer, becoming the first Indian to do so. Federer, however, staged a strong comeback to cruise to a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win.

The 22-year-old Indian then followed it up with a runner-up finish at the Banja Luka Challenger in September. He subsequently then rose to a career-high ranking of 135 on Monday.

Last month, Nagal grabbed headlines after he made his Grand Slam debut and produced a spirited fight against the legendary Roger Federer in the first-round of the US Open.