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Open-Nalbandian stunnned as another chance goes begging

By Julian Linden

MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) - David Nalbandian is in danger of becoming the nearly man of tennis after the wheels came off another grand slam challenge at the Australian Open on Thursday.

The Argentine fourth seed held a commanding two-set lead in his semi-final against unseeded Cypriot sensation Marcos Baghdatis, only to blow his advantage and go down in five sets.

Nalbandian's defeat was the latest in a worrying series of big-match losses.

Although he has reached the semi-finals of all four grand slams, he is yet to win a major and the only time he made the final was at Wimbledon in 2002 when he finished runner-up to Australia's Lleyton Hewitt.

Baghdatis won the third and fourth sets to force the match into a decider then reeled off four games on the trot after Nalbandian had led 4-2 in the final set to win 3-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4.

"I got a lot of chances to win the match," a still-stunned Nalbandian told a news conference.

"I can't understand how I missed that opportunity to win it. It's quite tough."

Nalbandian's service speed dropped off significantly late in the second set and he spent the rest of match icing his stomach during each change of ends but said the injury was not to blame for his defeat.

"I felt a little bit bad in the abs (abdominal muscles) when I was serving," he said. "It was a little bit tough but I don't think that I lose the match because of the injury."

The 24-year-old from Cordoba looked to have broken his habit of losing big matches when he beat world number one Roger Federer in the final of last year's Masters Cup in Shanghai.

The defeat by Baghdatis, just when he was looming as a genuine contender to win at Melbourne Park, will raise further doubts about his grand slam credentials.

"It wasn't easy, he's playing good," he said of Baghdatis. "He beat a lot of very good tennis players in this tournament."

In 2004 Nalbandian lost in the semi-finals of the French Open to lower-ranked fellow Argentine Gaston Gaudio.

In 2003 at the U.S. Open he was two sets up against Andy Roddick in their semi-final, and held a match point in the third, only to lose in five sets.

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That article is just to sad to read...
But it is the true.
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David Nalbandian
Thursday, January 26, 2006

Transcribed Interview

M. BAGHDATIS/D. Nalbandian

3‑6, 5‑7, 6‑3, 6‑4, 6‑4

Q. Could you first clarify whether you had injury problems. We all thought that you did?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I feel a little bit bad in the abs when I was serving. So a little bit tough.

Q. How much did that affect you in the match?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: It was difficult to say how much, but a little bit of course.

Q. Did you only feel it in the second set?


Q. Did you only feel it from the second set onwards?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, from the beginning of the match. Was all the time, yeah.

Q. First of all, your serving speed seemed to be a lot faster, then it dropped off, did it?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah, little bit.

Q. Was that an injury at the start of the match or from a previous match?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: From previous, yeah.

Q. From the last one?


Q. Can you believe you didn't win that match? You had a huge lead, you had a break again in the fifth set. I mean, are you stunned that you didn't come out ahead?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, I get a lot of chances to win the match. So I can't understand how I missed that opportunity to win it.

So quite tough.

Q. What's your level of disappointment? You've only played in one Grand Slam final before. You were so close getting into another one.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Is difficult to say, but high.

Q. If you won the second set more easier, say 6‑1 or 6‑2, would it have been a different story, do you think?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah, maybe change. But you never know. But if I win easy the second one, I was two breaks up, maybe could change.

Q. Did either the fireworks or the fans bother you at all?


Q. He's has had an extraordinary run through the tournament. Why is he so difficult to put away?


Q. Why is he so difficult to finish off?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: He's very good player. I mean, it's not easy. He's playing good. He beat a lot of very good tennis players on this tournament. So was very tough to beat him.

Q. Are you surprised that his ranking was not higher coming in here?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: He will be better.

Q. Is this the sort of result that makes you want to relook at the way you approach the game? Do you need to do things differently?


Q. Yeah.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Maybe a little bit. But I don't ‑‑ I don't think that I lose the match for the injury or for many things. I'm keep working same way so I'm doing as right now.

Q. Do you take something positive away from this experience?


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