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Who will be considered as a better player: Davydenko vs Nalbandian?

If they both suddenly ended their careers today - who will be remembered as the better player ?

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Davydenko | Nalbandian

Highest career ranking: 3 | 3
Grand Slam wins: 0 | 0
Grand Slam finals: 0 | 1
Grand Slam semifinals: 3 | 5
Grand Slam quarterfinals: 10 | 10
WTF wins: 1 | 1
WTF finals: 2 | 1
Masters wins: 2 | 2
Masters finals: 2 | 6
Number of titles: 17 | 11
Winning ratio: 398-242 (62.2%) | 330-154 (68.2%)

H2H stats: 5-7


They have quite similar achievements in their respectable careers, that's why I chose them two to compare. Nalbandian has less titles, but he has more significant ones. But I would probably give a slight nod to Davydenko because of his better consistency. Discuss

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Nalbandian but more for his potential to beat top guys rather than for his achievements which are also better than Davydenko's

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Re: Who will be considered as a better player: Davydenko vs Nalbandian

obviously Nalbandian.

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Clearly Nalbandian
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Re: Who will be considered as a better player: Davydenko vs Nalbandian

Consecutive Year End Top 5 Finishes:
Davydenko- 4
Nalbandian- 0



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Ten years from now people aren't gonna sit around reminiscing over a cold beer, "Ah that Nikolay Davydenko, damn he was so consistent, remember how he finished in the top 5 four years in a row? That was just beautiful," they're gonna remember Nalbandian as one of the most notorious underachievers in the history of tennis and they're gonna remember how he bludgeoned Federer and Nadal when they were destroying everyone else. Nobody cares about the damn stats, what's more memorable is Nalbandian coming back from 2 sets down to beat Federer in Shanghai. It might not be fair but that's what people will remember, the drama, the matches, the amazements and the disappointments.
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Nalbandian will easily be remembered as the better player.
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Denko won the Davis Cup , more titles and prize money , weeks as top 5 - top 10

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I like both but Nalbi easily. More entertaining game, alot more variety, and tactical intelligence. Most importantly though, he'll be remembered more for his ability to beat the big guns.

Hopefully he can somehow produce one good consistent season of tennis before he retires.
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Re: Who will be considered as a better player: Davydenko vs Nalbandian

a better player isn't measured by talent alone.

davidenko is better, imo
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Re: Who will be considered as a better player: Davydenko vs Nalbandian

I'd have to go with Nalbandian.

He is one of only five active players to have achieved the semifinals or better at all four Grand Slams, along with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Marat Safin and Novak Djokovic.
Nalbandian became the third man to beat the world's top three players in the same tournament. The other two men are Boris Becker and Novak Djokovic.
Nalbandian is one of the ten men to beat both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal since they assumed the #1 and #2 positions respectively; the other nine men being Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Novak Djokovic, Fernando González, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, James Blake, Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He managed to do this feat in two consecutive Masters Series events in Madrid and Paris.
Nalbandian is one of the four men to beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic since they assumed #1, #2 and #3 positions respectively; the others being Andy Roddick, Andy Murray and Gilles Simon.
Nalbandian is the only person to have a winning head to head record agaisnt Rafael Nadal.
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Of course Nalbandian.

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a better player isn't measured by talent alone.

davidenko is better, imo
Yep. What's that 'talent' worth, if one doesn't manage to convert it into clear, obvious RESULTS?

Not much, imho.

Let alone the fact that theoretical 'talent' alone doesn't just cover up for 'the-results-that-might-have-been-if-not-for-[fill in your favourite excuse, here]'.
Denko has shown to be a very stable, consistent player, over a considerable amount of time. Nalbandian? however much talented - and I don't at all doubt that he IS - didn't manage to get anywhere near to Denko's results.
Davidenko DELIVERS consistently. Nalbandian - not so much.

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