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So what has been the difference in Nalbandian this past week?

brent-o
10-21-2007, 02:02 AM
Seeing him having good results FINALLY against the top players, I have to wonder what has went wrong this year. I haven't seen him play much this year but people say he's had a lack of motivation, mainly. What is different about him this week? Does he suddenly seem really thirsty to get to the top again? Did he lose weight? Or has he really improved his serve?

World Beater
10-21-2007, 02:04 AM
He's been eating salads

Alex999
10-21-2007, 02:08 AM
He's been eating salads

lol

RickDaStick
10-21-2007, 02:12 AM
Its all luck. If Berdych didnt shit his pants with a TMC spot on the line it would of been another routine staight sets exit for Fat Dave.

jayjay
10-21-2007, 02:35 AM
Its all luck. If Berdych didnt shit his pants with a TMC spot on the line it would of been another routine staight sets exit for Fat Dave.

Awww, poor baby. :sad:

It's been a bad week for you, hasn't it? Then again, when is it not? :awww:

Still, at least Ljubicic got to blog from Madrid. :yippee:

RagingLamb
10-21-2007, 02:43 AM
I don't know how he got this far in Madrid, i.e. why he's been playing so good. But he does have it in him.

what's sad is it's tough to find anyone who's consistent these days.

maybe Dave will win tomorrow, and next week who knows...he'll go back to being good ol' fat dave.

World Beater
10-21-2007, 02:50 AM
well there have been signals.

he was one pt away from beating ferrer in usopen.

he lost to an on-fire joker in canada. I mean his form was coming back. There were signs.

i hope dave takes rest next week and plays paris.

he has a great chance to win that.

tripb19
10-21-2007, 02:51 AM
He came to play. I happens occassionally, and MTF explodes as a result.

Johnny Groove
10-21-2007, 02:54 AM
He actually gave a shit :eek:

But as World Beater said earlier, he seems to be hungier, but for results, and not donuts this time.

I know he got a new coach before LA, no? Surely this is helping, lost to Nole in Canada, who was en fuego, ditto for Pics at USO

alfonsojose
10-21-2007, 03:38 AM
Top players tired :shrug: Maybe he's serving a bit better and he's good playing indoors, but Nalbandian is just a fatter, uglier, slamless version of Safin. Pure waste of talent :zzz:

LocoPorElTenis
10-21-2007, 09:03 AM
He seems to have been working hard in the last few months. In the US Open he was playing quite well, actually his match against pics was high quality from both, but he ended up choking a match point. So the improvement in the game was already there since the hardcourt season, but he didn't have confidence and couldn't close out matches.

This week he was able to beat Clement in a close match. Beating Clement nowadays is nothing to brag about, but winning in 3 after he choked away the first set was a good sign for him. And then, coming back from the brink of defeat against Birdshit (Birdshit was 6-4 *4-0) gave him a major confidence boost, and he hasn't dropped serve or lost a set since that match.

dijus
10-21-2007, 09:10 AM
answer is easy
coming back after 4-6 0-4 down vs Berdych gave him huge boost of self-confidence

marcRD
10-21-2007, 10:51 AM
well there have been signals.

he was one pt away from beating ferrer in usopen.



What a point that was, I dont know how he can come back to play better tennis after losing a match point like that. But that is Nalbandian, always beeing close to get somewhere but in the end never getting there.

Rogiman
10-21-2007, 10:56 AM
People are pushing it.

Madrid is the tourney he's been most consistent at for the last few years, it's not as sensational as you make it seem.

wipeout
10-21-2007, 11:06 AM
Maybe he's borrowed Goran's Teletubbies DVDs.

LocoPorElTenis
10-21-2007, 11:15 AM
People are pushing it.

Madrid is the tourney he's been most consistent at for the last few years, it's not as sensational as you make it seem.

Are you kidding? Before Madrid, Nalbandian:

1) hadn't been in a final since Estoril 2006 (17 months ago).
2) hadn't been in a semifinal all year.
3) hadn't beaten a top 10 player all year.
4) had been a mental widget all year.

Besides, it's not so often that a player beats the #2 and #3 in the world back-to-back. When that player is not even in the top 20 it's nothing short of sensational in my book.

Rogiman
10-21-2007, 11:19 AM
Are you kidding? Before Madrid, Nalbandian:

1) hadn't been in a final since Estoril 2006 (17 months ago).
2) hadn't been in a semifinal all year.
3) hadn't beaten a top 10 player all year.
4) had been a mental widget all year.

Besides, it's not so often that a player beats the #2 and #3 in the world back-to-back. When that player is not even in the top 20 it's nothing short of sensational in my book.It's a good run, no question, and I'm also backing him to win today's final, but it's not like this came out of nowhere, if I had to single out one tournament where he'd most likely gather some momentum that would be the one.

Denaon
10-21-2007, 01:20 PM
Awww, poor baby. :sad:

It's been a bad week for you, hasn't it? Then again, when is it not? :awww:

Still, at least Ljubicic got to blog from Madrid. :yippee:

:lol: :lol:

Joyce_23
10-21-2007, 01:38 PM
Are you kidding? Before Madrid, Nalbandian:

1) hadn't been in a final since Estoril 2006 (17 months ago).
2) hadn't been in a semifinal all year.
3) hadn't beaten a top 10 player all year.
4) had been a mental widget all year.

Besides, it's not so often that a player beats the #2 and #3 in the world back-to-back. When that player is not even in the top 20 it's nothing short of sensational in my book.

It's not sensational when the player is Nalbandian. Everyone knows that Nalby has the talent...but the man is lazy as hell! I have no clue what changed this week. Maybe he finally has a coach that kicks his butt, maybe he just wants to win matches because it means he gets to see those ballgirls...Who knows? He is focused and that is all he ever needed. It was never a lack of talent.

Seneca
10-21-2007, 03:35 PM
I've been pretty optimistic about Dave's play from about Wimbledon onwards. There were reports of him training with ferocious intensity in the few tournaments he had entered and his demeanor in those tournaments was promising even despite the early exits.

Nalbandian has improved his serve (the only part of his game that has progressed if compared to early 2006) and - as simplistic as it may sound - gotten rid of a few extra kilos. The basic fundamental of tennis is being able to get to your opponent's shots as well as possible and when that part of the game is in good shape, the rest of the game can fall into place. I think this week has just been mostly about that: the pieces finally falling into place. As a result, he has survived a grindfest with Clement, utilized a chokejob by Berdych to produce a vintage Fat Dave Moment (tm), demolished a tired young gun, fetched an important scalp by beating a subpar world #2, then announcing his return to the top by doing the same to a decent-enough world #3.

When Nalbandian is at his best, he's the king of Forced Errors. Not that much straightaway winners but steady pressure and crafty angles keep the opponent on back foot. Witness the insanely angled soft topspin backhand in 3rd set at *0-1 30-15.

It's good to have this kind of run to end the season. I grew a little bit concerned about Dave seemingly doing enough things right in his matches and preparation but getting very little rewards to show for it.

Hail to the King, baby.