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Love for fitness, beards & tattoos: What Sumit Nagal has in common with captain Kohli

Before the match against Federer, Kohli tweeted his support for Nagal.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 13, 2019, 06.26 PM IST
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Sumit Nagal (R) wanted to be a cricketer like Virat Kohli (L) playing the game eight to 10 hours a day.
The Indian tennis player who gave five-time US Open champion Roger Federer a tough fight in the opening round match at Flushing Meadows has a lot in common with the Indian cricket captain.

Sumit Nagal came out of the Arthur Ashe stadium after his first round match at his favourite Grand Slam, the US Open against Roger Federer with a score line to be proud of. The Indian tennis player managed a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 defeat which involved some great tennis from the youngster versus the 20 time singles Grand Slam winner.

The great showing has seen the 22-year-old rise to 174 in the ATP rankings that were out on Monday. The 2015 Wimbledon boys' doubles champion trains at the Nensel Academy in Germany funded by the Virat Kohli foundation's athlete development program. But Nagal like the Indian cricket captain is a Delhi boy having studied in the national capital. The connection between Kohli, 30 and Nagal, 22 does not end here.

Just like the cricketer is a huge fan of Federer, so is Nagal who called the Swiss ace, 'God of tennis'. The Harayana-born lad wanted to be a cricketer like Kohli playing the game eight to 10 hours a day. But was steered to tennis by his father. On Instagram much like Kohli, Nagal puts up images and videos of himself working out, often.

Both men are very serious about their fitness, prefer sporting beards which they ensure are well groomed and have a love for body tattoos. Their left arms boast of full sleeve tattoos. Nagal has a Japanese-inspired one with a temple, a samurai and a lotus flower which he says gives him power.

Before the match against Federer, Kohli tweeted his support for Nagal.

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Recently the Indian captain made headlines for his reading choice during the opening Test between India and the West Indies.Team India captain Virat Kohli wears many hats – batsman, model, fashion curator - but one title that few associate with him is bookworm. When he’s not playing cricket, practising his swing or hitting the gym, the right-handed batsman loves to relax with a good book, as evidenced by this tweet.We take a look at some of the books that make the ‘nerd’ in Kohli happy.(Image: Twitter/ViratKohli)

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