David Nalbandian's Best Chance To Win A Major: The Australian Open?

10-23-2007, 01:41 PM
Should Nalbandian maintain his Madrid form and take renewed confidence from it do you think that the Australian Open is the one Grand Slam he has the most realistic chance of winning?

Obviously the French Open is owned by Nadal and Wimbledon and the U.S. Open are the domain of Federer so I think if Nalbandian is going to win a Grand Slam tournament his best chance will be the Australian Open. Between 03' - 06' he made the QF's three times and the SF's once and almost made the final in 2006.

The Australian Open surface seems like the most wide open of the Slams as it's not so slow that Nadal's game can dominant and not fast enough that Federer would be invincible (although he has been over the last couple of years).

I think that with the right mindset Nalbandian's game is best suited towards winning the Australian Open, should he win a Grand Slam tournament.

10-23-2007, 01:53 PM
but isn't the AO changing their surface?:confused:

10-23-2007, 01:57 PM
but isn't the AO changing their surface?:confused:

The new Plexicushion surface will be the same speed as the Rebound Ace, the only differences will be:

1. Won't retain as much heat.

2. Won't stick to the players' feet like the Rebound Ace did when there was hot weather.

3. Will be blue.

Action Jackson
10-23-2007, 01:59 PM
It won't be the same speed, the bounce will be lower than before.

As for the thread, it's a classic knee jerk reaction and as for Nalbandian he could win at any of the venues, if he plays to his top level of play and has a bit of luck go his way with draw, less likely to happen at Wimbledon or RG.

10-23-2007, 02:15 PM
He won his FIRST masters and already he's likely to win a slam??? He had his chances before, why is it different this time??? He won TMC which is probably even harder to win than masters title, and what did he do since then? I'm afraid that Nalbandian is past his peak. He had a GREAT week, but I'm afraid that it is his first and last AMS title. As for grandslam...very unlikely if you ask me. But hey, nothing's 100%.

10-23-2007, 02:21 PM
he could win Wimbledon if FED gets injured... since Fat Dave is one of the few good grass court players.

10-23-2007, 02:25 PM
who knows what shape Dave will be in by the time AO comes around.

10-23-2007, 02:30 PM
His chances at all the slams are the same. You can nitpick and say he's got tougher competition here or he's had slightly better results here but at the end of the day it's up to him. He can win almost any match on any given day on any surface if he feels up to it.

10-23-2007, 02:32 PM
He can win almost any match on any given day on any surface if he feels up to it.

And conversely, he can lose almost any match on any given day on any surface if he feels up to it.

10-23-2007, 02:45 PM
Both in 2004 and 2006 I had been sure he would win AO and was proven wrong.

In 2004 Federer was too strong for him. That year's Ao was probably the only time he breezed his way to the QF of a Slam, not droping a set and looking thiner and fitter than ever.

Last year's AO was a sad joke. He should have won that SF handily and I'm almost certain he would have won the title.

Should've, would've, the story of his career.

If he can brings this level to the AO then he's too strong for anyone, but I'm not willing to bet he will.

10-23-2007, 02:45 PM
I see him winning the Australian Open because he is fit.

10-23-2007, 02:54 PM
too early, man. See if he keeps up his form in the next tournament first...

10-23-2007, 06:48 PM
Another "Nalbandian is on fire thread" :zzz:

Dusk Soldier
10-23-2007, 06:59 PM
his best chance to win a major is to hop into a time machine, pop back into september 2003, and spike Roddick's water bottle with something to give him the runs.

10-23-2007, 11:40 PM
i bet that fat dave will lax by season's end.. munching on chrsitmas fruit cakes and krispy kremes, so he'll be out of shape and conditioning once again by AO... :haha:

oh, to the poster who said nalby's got a good shot in wimby if fed gets injured, if you're implying that he's the 2nd best there after fed, then where was he all this time in wimby after 2002? :rolleyes:

the thread starter is obviously on the band wagon... :rolleyes:

10-23-2007, 11:48 PM
Of course it's the Australian.

We only need 15 days of rain, and a dreamlike fortnight is plausible indoors. Or Wimbledon, but not next year. There he'd have to wait till 2009.

10-23-2007, 11:55 PM
He has had the most consistency at the Australian, so why not. It would be nice if someone of his potential were to live up to it and win a big one before he is done. Grass despite his previous final appearance is his worst chance.

10-23-2007, 11:57 PM
David can play and win on any surface.
It's all down to his fitness and commitment issues (will he ever overcome these problems?), and of course you need a little bit of luck to win your first GS.

10-24-2007, 12:08 AM
It will also the best chance for Rafa to take #1, Djokovic to take #2, Safin to make a comeback, Murray to realize his potential, Donald Young to make a grand slam semi... and in the end, it will most likely be #13 for the GOAT.

10-24-2007, 12:12 AM
I don't think he'll win a slam but I guess out of all the four GSs, AO is the most likely that he'll win.

10-24-2007, 12:15 AM
David's bod looked smokin' when he took his shirt off after he won Madrid. :angel: I don't think that'll go away, I hope, by January.

He's had four top 10 wins at slams. Two have come at the AO. Take that as you will.

10-24-2007, 03:52 AM
His best chance was at the 2006 Australian Open, but he had a major choke in the semis against Baghdatis losing after being up 2 sets to love. Fed was playing like shit and the courts were playing ultra slow.

10-24-2007, 07:05 AM
seriously, he has good a good game for any surface. 2006 could have been "his year", but didn't take his chances or got injured. we all remember that 1st set against Federer in RG... the 2:0 lead against Baghdatis at the AO. then he gives away his Wimbledon match against Verdasco because he wants to watch Television.. well if he gets along well with the new surface and prepares well ( both during the off season and plays at least one tournament prior to the AO ) then he could do some damage.