Nalbandian has been tauted as the 2nd best all court player [after Federer] for most of the last 5-years, ~however he has very little to show for it
*8-titles [incl TMC 05]
*Top-10 player for over 4-years
*Excellent record at the Slams but not a single victory
Check out his Slam record:
Tournament 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Australian Open 4r SF QF QF QF 2r - 0
French Open SF 4r SF 2r 3r - 0
Wimbledon 3r QF - 4r F - 0
U.S. Open 2r QF 2r SF 1r 3r 0
Tennis Masters Cup SF W - RR - - 1
>> So Fat Dave`s been in the SFs of all 4-Slams & atleast to the QF stage on 10-occassions
BUT ~~ nothing to show for it
Will he ever win a Slam
Will he even win any more MM titles
Has his 5-year window of opportunity passed him by
What was his best chance to win a Slam
BTW, fast forward to when Fat Dave is a grandpa & weighs 200kg [say the year 2047]
he`s telling his grandkids about his wonderful career & the conversation goes like this...
a) grandkids: "grandpa Fat Dave, tell us about your tennis career"?
b) Fat Dave: "I could hold my own, I was considered the 2nd best ballstriker of my generation"!
a) grandkids: "who was the greatest ballstriker of your generation"?
b) Fat Dave: "Roger `Jesus` Federer"!
a) grandkids: "oh my god, you actually met god`s son"?
b) Fat Dave: "yes we were close rivals in fact"!
a) grandkids: "did you ever beat Jesus FED"?
b) Fat Dave: "yes many times"!
a) grandkids: "oh cmon grandpa- you don`t have to lie"!
b) Fat Dave: "no i`m dead serious, in fact i won the 2005 TMC, defeating (an injured) Jesus"!
a) grandkids: "there`s no such tourney called TMC, you must be lying"!
b) Fat Dave: "sorry, it was renamed the WTF championships since 2009"!
a) grandkids: "who gives a fuck grandpa, all you did is win one lousy WTF"?
b) Fat Dave: "well the WTF championships were more prestigious back in the day"!
a) grandkids: "so did you ever win a slam"?
b) Fat Dave: "yes in fact I defeated Jesus FED in the final of the US Open"!
a) grandkids: "you`re lying, show us the trophy"!
b) Fat Dave: "here it is, the 1998 US Open winners trophy"!
a) grandkids: "grandpa, put on your glasses, this says 1998 US Open JUNIOR winner"!
b) Fat Dave: "oh year, but i did have a wonderful slam record"!
a) grandkids: "go on then, tell us what you did"!
b) Fat Dave: "I made the Wimbledon final".
a) grandkids: "what was the score".
b) Fat Dave: "oh i can`t remember, but Rocky Llegs began saying `CMON` & he looked scary".
a) grandkids: "what else"?
b) Fat Dave: "i made the AO, FO, & USO semi-finals"!
a) gandkids: "who gives a shit grandpa, semi-finals are for losers"!
b) Fat Dave: "oh you`re being a bit harsh kiddies, i won a few other things".
a) grandkids: "yeah like what"?
b) Fat Dave: "5 ATP titles"?
a) grandkids: "how many did Jesus FED win"?
b) Fat Dave: "100 or some shit, what the fuck do you care anyway...i tell you he was God`s son"!
a) grandkids: "and they called you `the 2nd best ballstriker of your generation`"?
b) Fat Dave: "what`s more I was a rally car driver & nearly won Davis Cup for Argentina"!
a) grandkids: "so why didn`t Argentina ever win the Davis Cup"?
b) Fat Dave: "because Coria, Gaudio, Canas & the other choking/drug cheating wankers stuffed up"!
a) grandkids: "can we just call you `Fat Underachiever Grandpa Dave`
b) Fat Dave: "piss off, no more prezzies @ Christmas time for you ungrateful punks ".