“I kept believing I was the better player” – Sumit Nagal, after a come from behind win at ATP Tampere Open SF

Indian No.1 Sumit Nagal continued his amazing run in Finland, registering yet another comeback win. Nagal beat 2021 Junior US Open champion Daniel Rincon from Spain 4-6 6-3 6-2. This is Nagal’s 5th career ATP Challenger final, and his 2nd for the year.

Nagal will take on the winner of the other SF between Dalibor Svrcina from Czech Republic and Henri Squire from Germany.

Interview conducted by Tourney Media Team

Q) Sumit Nagal. Congrats, you are through to the final. It was a good match from your side. You came back from a set down against Daniel Rincon. How do you feel?

SN – First of all, thank you. Looking at the match, I was 4-2 40-0 up in the first set, which is when I made one or two errors here and there. Then the momentum changed, and I probably lost 20 points in a row (laughs). But I knew that if I do the right things, I could come back and change the game. I kept believing I was the better player. I knew the longer the match went, the better it was for me. Because I had played a 3 hours 15 minutes match in the 2nd round, and knew how my body was feeling. I was really confident about it. Once I figured things out, and stayed calm in the rallies, I started feeling better.

Q) From the 2nd set onwards, you were like a wall, not missing anything…..

SN – Like I said, as time went on, my nerves were better. I figured things out and was calm on the court. If I lost a point, I was thinking what mistake I made and what I could have done differently. And I was changing my tactics accordingly. And that worked for me.

Q) Sunday’s final will be against either Henri Squire or Dalibor Svrcina. Expectations?

SN – I’ve played Squire before. Never played Svrcina. But honestly, whoever it is – I am ready for the final.

Vatsal is a tennis player and fanatic. Currently learning French

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