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View Poll Results: What was David Nalbandians most missed opportunity to hold a slam?
2002 Wimbledon 16 13.45%
2003 United States Open 76 63.87%
2006 Australian Open 19 15.97%
2009 French Open 3 2.52%
2009 Australian Open 1 0.84%
One of his Quarters in 2005 0 0%
Some other tournament 4 3.36%
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Nobody even mentiones RG 2004 Hello?

In the semifinal, Gaudio def. Nalbadian 6-4 7-6 6-0, after a second set tragicomedy.
Nalby lead 5-1, served for the set twice, wasted some set points and then the most bizzare scenes in the TB, where Gaudio served in the deuce side TWICE IN A ROW. Umpire didn't notice it, players didn't notice it...until the point was over and something didn't felt right of course.
Nalby got a bit frustrated, who could of blame him. He just lost the tiebreak, went two sets down...and not won a game anymore.


He would play Coria in the final, who had a Nadal-like season that year. I still think he would have a chance, the final was played in sunny, dry weather and really fast conditions. Nalby would fancy it for sure.

EDIT: in fact, I think Gaudio served in the deuce side on the first point (should of served to AD side) and then he had to do it again on the second point. Never seen anything like it before.
Cause it wasn't his biggest chance that's why. 2003 US Open is the right answer.

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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USO was the best chance, though not assured. Ferrero was pretty great that year. Lost to Roddick because he was served off the court.

Wimbledon was far too early in his career, no chance at all against Lleyton who would have died on the court to win that day.
No, he lost to Roddick because he was robbed by biased linesman and an unruley croud who shouted out during the curcial match point.

I have no doubt in my mind, hawk eye at 2003 US Open = David winning his first slam, Roddick slamless till even this date. Though maybe he would have been hungrier at 2009 Wimbledon but I doubt it. Once a choker always a choker.

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RG 2006 : what a pity to see him retiring in semi because of an injury. If not he would have trashed goat cheese then Armanifatbutt in final, he played great in 2006, it was his best year (N°3 on ATP ranking). He missed a good opportunity but abdominal problem stopped him from winning
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No, he lost to Roddick because he was robbed by biased linesman and an unruley croud who shouted out during the curcial match point.

I have no doubt in my mind, hawk eye at 2003 US Open = David winning his first slam, Roddick slamless till even this date. Though maybe he would have been hungrier at 2009 Wimbledon but I doubt it. Once a choker always a choker.
I was referring to Ferrero.

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Cause it wasn't his biggest chance that's why. 2003 US Open is the right answer.
Of course it is, you can't get much closer than that (except having MP in the final )
I just think that RG 2004 deserves a mention, he had a better chance here than in many poll options.

Wimbledon 2002 is a shame. I remember I expected a tight match, with two outstanding baseliners on grass. And we got a 6–1 6–3 6–2 demolition job.
I still can't believe this embarassing result.


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i'm afraid his biggest chance was to slam someone on a date

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Of course it is, you can't get much closer than that (except having MP in the final )
I just think that RG 2004 deserves a mention, he had a better chance here than in many poll options.

Wimbledon 2002 is a shame. I remember I expected a tight match, with two outstanding baseliners on grass. And we got a 6–1 6–3 6–2 demolition job.
I still can't believe this embarassing result.
It was Nalbandian's first tournament on grass he was far from ready to win then and as 2003 said Nalbandian won that 2nd set it would be 1 set all. Gaudio was playing high quality tennis for 6 matches before the final, so far from clear hence it doesn't deserve a mention.

Two sets to love and a break in the 5th against Baghdatis has more credence than RG.

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


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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5 pages for such obvious thing . Two sets up against Roddick and Ferrero in finals . Please mtf , don't screw my Christmas

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so many good chances screwed up.
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Obviously, 2009 AO
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Has anyone mentioned 2005 AO?

Had he beaten Hewitt there things could have opened up for him.

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It was Nalbandian's first tournament on grass he was far from ready to win then and as 2003 said Nalbandian won that 2nd set it would be 1 set all. Gaudio was playing high quality tennis for 6 matches before the final, so far from clear hence it doesn't deserve a mention.

Two sets to love and a break in the 5th against Baghdatis has more credence than RG.
I think RG 2004 does deserve a mention because even though Gaudio was playing great tennis, Nalbandian was up 5-1 in the 2nd set and held setpoints. Somehow he managed to lose the set and then he practically gave up in the 3rd, but would he have won that 2nd set then the match could have gone either way because both were playing well in the first 2 sets. I am not saying Nalbandian would have won against Coria in the final (Coria beat Nalbandian at Monte Carlo a couple of weeks before), but I think RG 2004 does deserve a mention at least.
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Has anyone mentioned 2005 AO?

Had he beaten Hewitt there things could have opened up for him.

AO 2004 belongs perhaps in that list too, because Nalbandian was playing extremely well in that tournament just like Federer. He was the toughest opponent for Fed that tournament and they played 4 tight sets with Nalbandian failing to make more out of it in the 1st and 2nd set. That match was practically was the final of that AO.
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Rg 2004.

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RG 2006 : what a pity to see him retiring in semi because of an injury. If not he would have trashed goat cheese then Armanifatbutt in final, he played great in 2006, it was his best year (N°3 on ATP ranking). He missed a good opportunity but abdominal problem stopped him from winning
Fatbandian beating Nadal in best of 5 on clay during one of Nadal's best clay seasons I see Nalbandiantards are even more delusional than I originally thought.
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