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Nalbandian, Rogers only hope in Paris?

I have been talking about the Nalbandian-Nadal matchup for a long time. When Nalbandian is on, no matter what surface he is playing he can outrally anyone, dont make mistakes and control rallies with aggresive shots on both the forehand and the backhand. What makes the Nadal-Nalbandian matchup so interesting is that all Nalbandians strengths play on Nadals weaknesses. Like Nadal has probably the worst 2nd serve in the tour and Nalbandian attacks weak 2nd serves better than any other player in the atp. Nadals forehand topspin high up on Nalbys backhand plays straight to Nalbandians strength. Nadals defensive tennis is no problem for the patient Nalbandian who will just play safe aggresive shots and play Nadal around no matter how many times he needs to hit the ball to win the point. Nadals offensive tennis is not powerful enought to find holes in Nalbys defense.

Nadal has been very fortunate not to have Nalby in his side of the RG draws so far. But if they face each other next year in RG I would bet all my money on Nalbandian and Federers former nemesis could be his saviour in the quest for the grand slam.
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Yeah but Nalbandian if he is playing this well could also beat Federer in a twist of irony.

Regardless the clay surface favors Nadal, it is slower and Nalbandian would have to paint 7-8 lines every point if Nadal plays well at RG.
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Nadal was lucky he never faced nalbandian in the clay season in 2006, nalbandian was playing like a demon.

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Nalbandian's precision is a death sentence for Nadal. EOT
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I have been talking about the Nalbandian-Nadal matchup for a long time. When Nalbandian is on, no matter what surface he is playing he can outrally anyone, dont make mistakes and control rallies with aggresive shots on both the forehand and the backhand. What makes the Nadal-Nalbandian matchup so interesting is that all Nalbandians strengths play on Nadals weaknesses. Like Nadal has probably the worst 2nd serve in the tour and Nalbandian attacks weak 2nd serves better than any other player in the atp. Nadals forehand topspin high up on Nalbys backhand plays straight to Nalbandians strength. Nadals defensive tennis is no problem for the patient Nalbandian who will just play safe aggresive shots and play Nadal around no matter how many times he needs to hit the ball to win the point. Nadals offensive tennis is not powerful enought to find holes in Nalbys defense.

Nadal has been very fortunate not to have Nalby in his side of the RG draws so far. But if they face each other next year in RG I would bet all my money on Nalbandian and Federers former nemesis could be his saviour in the quest for the grand slam.





i love how people always blow Nadal and Federer losses way out of proportion.
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Nadal was lucky he never faced nalbandian in the clay season in 2006, nalbandian was playing like a demon.
It's a good point, although questionable. We all know how shitty Nalbandian can play - he can lose to anyone from Top 1000 on a given day

But the thing is, defeating Federer in Shanghai 05 gave him more confidence, made him more involved in tennis and he became #3. Now it's a question : can he repeat it after destroying Nadal? We shall see
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I have been talking about the Nalbandian-Nadal matchup for a long time. When Nalbandian is on, no matter what surface he is playing he can outrally anyone, dont make mistakes and control rallies with aggresive shots on both the forehand and the backhand. What makes the Nadal-Nalbandian matchup so interesting is that all Nalbandians strengths play on Nadals weaknesses. Like Nadal has probably the worst 2nd serve in the tour and Nalbandian attacks weak 2nd serves better than any other player in the atp. Nadals forehand topspin high up on Nalbys backhand plays straight to Nalbandians strength. Nadals defensive tennis is no problem for the patient Nalbandian who will just play safe aggresive shots and play Nadal around no matter how many times he needs to hit the ball to win the point. Nadals offensive tennis is not powerful enought to find holes in Nalbys defense.

Nadal has been very fortunate not to have Nalby in his side of the RG draws so far. But if they face each other next year in RG I would bet all my money on Nalbandian and Federers former nemesis could be his saviour in the quest for the grand slam.


that post actually would have been interesting, though, if you had thought of it before the Nadal-Nalbandian match
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Yeah but Nalbandian if he is playing this well could also beat Federer in a twist of irony.

Regardless the clay surface favors Nadal, it is slower and Nalbandian would have to paint 7-8 lines every point if Nadal plays well at RG.
Not really, because Nadal himself would have trouble outplaying Nalby so Nalby would just have to exchange cross backhands with Nadals forehand where Nalby really is the only player who has an advantage against Nadal, then he can surprise with a backhand dtl when Nadals forehands arent deep enought.

But yes, Nalby could and maybe even should beat Federer in a potential final if both is playing their best tennis.
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Not sure about that, people tend to forget that Nalbandian was really dominating Federer in their RG 2006 match before the injury.. I know Federer got better as the match went on, but a 100% healthy Halby could have won that match..

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I love Nalbandian and all but I'm just laughing at this thread because had this been last week, this thread would have not even existed. I'm not entirely sure Nalbandian is back to his best form permanently so I won't jump on the bandwagon just yet.

Nevertheless, Nadal has been lucky in not having to play Nalbandian at Roland Garros. Federer had to face him in the RG 06 semis and had quite a tough match before Nalby got injured.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga---Gilles Simon---Tomas Berdych---David Nalbandian---Nico Almagro
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that post actually would have been interesting, though, if you had thought of it before the Nadal-Nalbandian match
I did make a thread where I pointed out Nalby as the most dangerous player NAdal could face in the clay season a long time ago.
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Yeah but Nalbandian if he is playing this well could also beat Federer in a twist of irony.
There we go. It'd be amazing to see them all enter a tournament like the French in pretty stellar form, but alas, how often do such things pan out?
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I love Nalbandian and all but I'm just laughing at this thread because had this been last week, this thread would have not even existed. I'm not entirely sure Nalbandian is back to his best form permanently so I won't jump on the bandwagon just yet.

Nevertheless, Nadal has been lucky in not having to play Nalbandian at Roland Garros. Federer had to face him in the RG 06 semis and had quite a tough match before Nalby got injured.

well said (to the first paragraph at least)
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Re: Nalbandian, Rogers only hope in Paris?

Okay.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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well said (to the first paragraph at least)
Just curious, what don't you agree with in the second paragraph?

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