Nalbandian Wins Clash Of Davids;
by ATP Staff | 10.08.2010
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David Nalbandian and David Ferrer were facing off for the 11th time.
Tenth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer had the unlucky fortune of drawing last week’s Washington
champion David Nalbandian for his first-round opponent at the Rogers Cup, and ended up falling
to the Argentine 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 on Tuesday in Toronto.
Former World No. 3 Nalbandian narrowed Ferrer’s lead in their head-to-head series to 6-5 after
defeating the Spaniard for a third straight time. He claimed the two-hour, 15-minute victory
despite committing 57 unforced errors and losing serve five times.
"For first round here, it's very tough," said Nalbandian of playing Ferrer. "But I know as well
that I'm not seeded so I can play with everybody, so it's part of the game. I have had to keep
going. Doesn't matter who is in front of the net. Today I get a very tough first round, but I
had to keep believing in my game and play my best."
The Argentine saved a set point at 4-5 in the opening set, and broke Ferrer in the next game to
assume the lead. Both players struggled with their serve in the third set, combining for four
breaks in the first seven games, but Nalbandian persevered as he won the final two games to
extend his winning streak to nine straight matches.
The 28-year-old Argentine improved to 18-3 on the season, including 13-2 on hard courts.
During the nine-match streak, his longest since February 2008, he has won 20 of 22 sets.
On Wednesday he will play another Spaniard, Tommy Robredo.
Nalbandian made a strong statement last week at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, winning his
11th ATP World Tour title with the loss of just one set. He had been contesting just his
fifth ATP World Tour tournament of 2010, sidelined nine months after undergoing hip surgery
and missing two months of this season with a hamstring injury.
"I don't have a lot of matches during this year, so I have to keep believing that I need matches
to feel good," he said. "Even if I win last week, I know that there [are] good tournaments
coming: this one, Cincinnati, US Open."
Marcos Baghdatis, runner-up to Nalbandian in the Washington final, lost his opening match against
Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(4) in two hours and 31 minutes. Chardy, who fired 15 aces,
saved the only break point opportunity of the third set before edging the Cypriot in the tie-break.
Frenchman Gael Monfils, the No. 15 seed, joined Chardy in the second round with a 7-6(3), 6-3
win over lucky loser Somdev Devvarman. The Indian had stepped in as a last-minute replacement
for Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, who withdrew from the draw with a left calf injury.
American Andy Roddick, the 2003 Rogers Cup champion, also announced his withdrawal due to his
illness and will be replaced by Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the draw.