David Nalbandian, former No 3 and currently ranked No. 25, crushed second seed Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters. The match was over in just 1 hour and 33 minutes. While most of the media coverage explains Nadal’s loss as a result of post-Murray-match-fatigue-syndrome, I don’t understand why Nalbandian is always so underestimated. When he is in the zone he can beat anyone on any surface, even Roger Federer. He did beat Federer to win the Masters Cup in 2005 – a fact which the commentator on Tennis Channel chose to ignore by saying “this was David’s greatest win in his career.” ?????
When he beat Federer in a five-set thriller in the Master’s Cup final in 2005, everybody was talking about Federer’s post injury condition. David has been a consistent top ten player for several years though he is having a lousy season this year. If you ask me he is one of the talented players who didn’t win a Grand Slam, and who is consistently being ignored by media (thanks to his awful press conference skills:-)
The question is which David is going to show up at tomorrow’s match with Novak Djokovic.
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