Congrats Nalbandian!!!!!!!

10-27-2002, 09:30 PM
Nalbandian keeps Shanghai in sight with Swiss indoors win

By Timothy Collings

BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) - Argentine David Nalbandian has turned his sights to next week's Paris Masters and a possible place in the Shanghai end-of-season Masters Cup after winning the Swiss Indoor tournament.

"It's still possible, but if I don't go to Shanghai, I will have a holiday and go back to Argentina," said the sixth seed. "But first, I am going to focus on Paris and try to do really well there again. If I do, who knows what will happen?"

The 20-year-old made sure of a top 15 place in the latest rankings of the ATP Champions Race with Sunday's 6-4 6-3 6-2 win over Fernando Gonzalez and also kept alive his ambition to take part in the showpiece tournament in China.

"It was just about perfect for me today," he said. "Everything I wanted worked out just right. I played to his backhand and I knew he would not like that. Fernando couldn't play his best and I think maybe that is why he lost his concentration."

Nalbandian, ranked 18th in the world, had an impressive week, beating defending champion and top seed Briton Tim Henman in the quarter-final and third seed, and home favourite, Roger Federer in the semi-final.


"Of course, you always feel good if you win a tournament, but I know I played well all week here. I feel strong and I am looking forward to next week in Paris.

"I have a lot of confidence now and I hope to enjoy next week as much as this one."

Nalbandian, said the win, worth 50 points in the Champions Race, had kept alive his slim chances of seizing one of the seven automatic places in Shanghai.

"It will be a lot of work, maybe too much work for me, but that is what I want to do next," he said. "But first I hope I can enjoy some holidays, or go to Shanghai."

Asked what aspects of his game he would work on for next year, he said he felt his whole game could be made better.

"I don't think I have a bad shot so I need to work on all of it - my serve, my movement, my returns, everything."

He said that his breakthrough, in terms of his international profile, had come at Wimbledon and that it had inspired a wave of interest in his career in Argentina where he is now the country's number one tennis player.

"After Wimbledon, all of the kids started to get really interested in tennis," he said. "So this is very important for them, for the people of my country, especially the young people coming up and the kids who are just starting."

His win on Sunday was the first by a Latin American in Basel since his compatriot Guillermo Vilas beat John McEnroe in 1978.

"That's a long time, 24 years," said Nalbandian. "It's special for Argentina and for me. Now I have to try and carry on and go up the next big step

:kiss: Argentina :kiss:

the cat
10-28-2002, 12:14 AM
TC, David Nalbandian is a class player and a class person! :) He has the top ten in his sights. And I think he'll be there someday.

Lucas Arg
10-28-2002, 12:33 AM
I love this boy:D

Go David in Paris now:bounce:

Chloe le Bopper
10-28-2002, 12:46 AM
David is by FAR my favourite clay courter.

10-28-2002, 01:19 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
David is by FAR my favourite clay courter.

hello??????? are you well Rebecca??????? i was under the impression that that honor went to a particular Spaniard??? :confused:

and by the way David just won a tourny INDOORS and he made it to the finals of Wimbledon on GRASS so he ain't no clay-courter.

but then i know that you already know this...;) ;)

10-28-2002, 01:24 AM
LOL @ you two. :D

I saw David beating Roger, and it looks like he managed to bring his good form back. And he is into the race for Shangai as well now?? WOW! :eek:

the cat
10-28-2002, 01:27 AM
I noticed that, too, TC! I think Becca is a little frisky tonight and is pulling our respectives legs! ;) I bet Juan Carlos Ferrero is still her favorite! :)

But there isn't any doubt that Nalbandian deserves her support, too! But a clay court might just be his worst surface to play on! :eek:

Chloe le Bopper
10-28-2002, 01:29 AM


10-28-2002, 01:39 AM
David had better frigging make it to Shanghai (a country that will never be the same ever since Madonna *starred* in Shanghai Surprise, her first corker, followed closely by her current Swept Away, which i really wish she and her Brit husband would seriously do, not that i paid any $$ to see either flick being a cable afficianado and all...) :(

ooops! this is a tennis board isn't it? :eek:

oh yes, congrats Nalbandian. see you in Shanghai. not literally of course. ;) ;)

Chloe le Bopper
10-28-2002, 11:28 PM
Anyhow about David and clay.

I was thinking.

I'm really looking forward to him at the french open next year.

It is clear that he will embarass himself on these faster surfaces, being from S America and all.

By the way - Madonna rules.