World Very Confused About Bloke Who Took First Set Off Roger Federer
Wait, what? How can this be happening in the first round of the US Open?
That's been the reaction of quite a few confused people as action unfolds in the first round match between Federer and Nagal at the 2019 US Open.
That's right, Federer and Nagal, not Federer and Nadal.
Because obviously, with their high seedings (Rog 3, Rafa 2), there's no way Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could meet this early in a Grand Slam tournament.
So who is this Nagal character whose surname is just one letter different from the Swiss legend's great Spanish rival -- and who is causing autocorrect havoc on devices across the world right now?
He is 22-year-old Indian player Sumit Nagal, and he has won a grand total of -- wait for it -- zero matches in his career to date in the ATP tour. That's right, no wins.
Currently ranked 190th in the world, Nagal has played Davis Cup for India, and has also won the odd challenger event here and there (a lower tier of pro tennis below the ATP tour).
So he can clearly swing a racquet, as he showed here when qualifying for this year's US Open main draw.
But suffice to say, the world was utterly gobsmacked when Nagal took the first set 6-4 over 20-time Grand Sam winner Roger Federer.
Federer, who turned 38 earlier this month, quickly struck back to win the second set 6-1 and went on to win the match 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4.
It's Federer's 19th win in the first round of the US Open, a stage of the tournament where he has never lost. Today, he at least got a run for his money. But was Nagal as tough to play as his near namesake Nadal?
"No," Federer said bluntly in his post-match interview.
"But maybe for you guys on social media it is."