India’s Sumit Nagal will take on Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in the first round of the Australian Open 2021.
- Fixture: Sumit Nagal vs Ricardas Berankis
- Date: 9 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 1st Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $ 71,500,000
Sumit Nagal vs Ricardas Berankis: Preview
India’s no.2 men’s singles player, Sumit Nagal was expecting a clash against a seeded player in his opener but the Indian drew Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis as his first round opponent at the Australian Open.
It will be their second clash in as many weeks. The two also clashed at the Murray River Open where Nagal lost in straight sets.
This will be the Indian’s third grand slam main draw appearance. He competed in US Open (2019, 2020) twice. Nagal is currently ranked 139th in the world and has a strong baseline game.
Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis has had a decent run post the tour resumption in 2020. He made it to the third round of the US Open where he was taken down by eventual semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta. And also made it to the second round of the French Open losing to Novak Djokovic.
He started his 2021 season on a decent run. He reached the pre-quarters at the Murray River Open defeating Nagal and Kubler in the process.
Sumit Nagal vs Ricardas Berankis: Head-to-Head
The two players met at the Murray River Open recently where Berankis defeated Nagal 6-2,6-2. The H2H stands at 1-0 in the favor of the Lithuanian.
Sumit Nagal vs Ricardas Berankis: Prediction
The Indian fans will have high expectations from Nagal. However, with his recent form it will be a very difficult task for him to get past his Lithuanian oppoent.
Berankis will fancy his chances and will be brimming with confidence after defeating Nagal in straight sets just a week ago. Expect Nagal to give Berankis a tough fight but the world no.72 eventually winning it.
Prediction: Berankis to win in four sets.