Sumit Nagal, the best singles player in India, defeated Italian Luca Nardi in the Chennai Open final on Sunday to win his fifth Challenger-level singles title.
This victory would put Nagal in the top-100 for the first time in his career. After his 6-1, 6-4 victory, Nagal will probably be ranked 98 when the new rankings are released on Monday.
Without dropping a set, Nagal won the Chennai Open, demonstrating his incredible form.
"I'm very emotional (today). You know, every tennis player's dream is to be top 100 at least. And like I said earlier, to win this match in front of the home crowd in your own country, I don't think I could have asked for a better place," Nagal said after his victory.
"I don't think there were words, everyone was crying. Less words, more tears.
"I'm still very emotional. It's been very tough last year with being ranked 500, getting surgery done, not having financial support.
"A lot of ups and downs, you know. And I'm very happy that I found a way to push every single day and give myself a chance to be here," he added.
Nagal also hoped this win will inspire aspiring athletes to pursue a career in singles tennis.