Originally Posted by Sjengster
'Tis indeed a fitting irony, he was the last Argentine to beat Federer over two years ago at the US Open. But there's a reason why he used to own him and why he will always trouble him, the match-up is so evenly fought and hard to call. In fact, I would actually say Nalbandian is marginally the better player from the baseline in terms of his stroke production, it's just that Federer obviously has the better serve and perhaps a little more capacity for invention and variety.
That and also a stronger mind set at the critical points (a trait he did not have as recently as two years ago). This was evident in their RR encounter.
The fact that Roger managed to haul back from 0-4 down in the fifth set is also mainly attributable to David just missing one or two shots at crucial times and IMO should not have let Roger back into that set. But that is the nature of the beast.
Their next encounter should be very interesting especially if they meet in Australia where they had a swinging see-sawing match with breaks flying back and forth in 2004.