Sumit Nagal set up a big-ticket battle at Prague Open as he advanced to the men's singles quarter-finals with a come-from-behind victory against lower-ranked Kiri Lehecka. India's top singles player lost the first set but battled for two hours and 21 minutes to beat Lehecka 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3 in the second round contest of the Euro 137, 560 clay court event.
The sixth seed and world number 127 will meet three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka in the last eight. The Swiss did not have it easy either as he registered a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Germany's Oscar Otte in his second round match.
Nagal is also competing in the doubles draw. The other Indians featuring in the doubles draw are Divij Sharan and N Sriram Balaji. Nagal had played directly from the Round of 32 instead of Round of 64.
In his first round as well, the Indian had to battle hard against USA's Jay Clarke. Against Clarke, he lost the first set 3-6 but took the second 7-5. Clarke retired in the final set giving Nagal a 3-6, 7-5, 4-1 win.
Before the coronavirus-forced break, Nagal had last played in a Challenger tournament in France where he lost in the Round of 32 to local Hugo Grenier. Then, he had lost 1-6, 6-2, 3-6.
(With PTI inputs)