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Tournament Watch 2006....the Australian Open....

sigmagirl91
01-06-2006, 12:58 PM
For all the latest tournament info, we can post it here.

Next tourney: the 2006 Australian Open. According to Yahoo!, Reuters will do a daily report, with player profiles, pictures, etc. When they mention David, I'll be sure that it gets on this forum.

justClaudia
01-06-2006, 09:06 PM
Good idea Tiff. :yeah:

Btw, can't wait for the AO to start...I really miss some 'serious tennis'. :lol:

Tricky_Forehand
01-07-2006, 06:26 AM
David is playing in the Kooyong exhib prior to the AO. Does anyone remember if there is a website? I know that I asked last year but forgot what the answer was :p

krystlel
01-07-2006, 06:36 AM
Here's the official website for Kooyong:
http://www.aamiclassic.com.au/

It doesn't look very professional though. :o

Jill
01-09-2006, 09:54 AM
Here's the official website for Kooyong:
http://www.aamiclassic.com.au/

It doesn't look very professional though. :o


And it's not upto date either.

sigmagirl91
01-12-2006, 11:35 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpNDU1cml1BF9TAzk1ODYyNTg0BHNlYwN0 aA--?slug=reu-opennalbandian_preview&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Gooner has the same story in the AO section, but it can go here too.

Too bad there is no penpix of David in Yahoo! Guess they haven't gotten around to that yet? Anyway, below is a brief synopsis:

4-David Nalbandian (Argentina)

Age: 24

Lives: Cordoba, Argentina

Plays: Right-handed, double-handed backhand

Grand Slam titles: None

Record at Australian Open: 2005-quarter-finalist, 2004-quarter-finalist, 2003-quarter-finalist, 2002-second round

One of the few players to boast a winning head-to-head record with Federer and could prove his strongest challenger in Melbourne.

Reached the last eight for the last two years and has the guile and power to trouble anybody, including the Swiss whom he beat in the Masters Cup final in November.

Occasionally let down by a brittle temperament, the 2002 Wimbledon finalist is nonetheless an opponent his rivals would prefer to avoid for as long as possible.

sigmagirl91
01-13-2006, 02:44 PM
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8 Gaudio - Sabau
Q - Schuettler
Santoro - Spadea
Pavel - 32 Moya
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18 Ancic - Calleri
Hernych - Vicente
Bracciali - Q
Serra - 11 Ferrer
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16 RObredo - Vanek
Henman - Tursonov
Q - Waske
Acasuso - 20 Blake
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26 Nieminen - Kimmich
Zabaleta - Wang
Wawrinka - Montañes
Q - 4 Nalbandian
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7 Ljubicic - Guccione
Dlouhy - Kohlschreiber
Mello - Muller
Behrend - 31 Lopez
---
19 Berdych - Reynolds
Q - Massu
Malisse - Youzhny
Saulnier - 10 Johansson
---
13 Ginepri - Melzer
Bjorkman - Q
GImelstob - Baghdatis
Q - 17 Stepanek
---
27 Dent - G G Lopez
Daniel - Q
Moodie - Hernandez
Q - 2 Roddick

David drew a qualie in the opening round of AO.

sigmagirl91
01-14-2006, 10:22 AM
Monday January 16:

Rod Laver Arena Start Time 11.00 AM
Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Lindsay Davenport (USA)[1]
vs. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

followed by
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Danai Udomchoke (THA) vs. David Nalbandian (ARG)[4]

Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[4]
vs. Sandra Kloesel (GER)

Anybody know anything about his opening round opponent?

sigmagirl91
01-15-2006, 09:56 PM
http://www.espnstar.com/tennis/tennis_newsdetail_1661075.html


Nalbandian out to break South American drought at Aussie Open


By Robert Smith

MELBOURNE (AFP) - David Nalbandian will be bidding to become the first South American to capture the Australian Open in 27 years and he has one big thing going for him here over the next fortnight.

The powerful Argentine baseliner has a last-start win over raging tournament favourite Roger Federer, which will steel him with the belief that he can break through for his first Grand Slam title.

Nalbandian stunned the tennis world when he came from two sets down to overhaul world number one Federer in five sets and land the Masters Cup final in Shanghai last November.

Seemingly out of it after losing two tie-breakers, he outlasted the Swiss star to win 6-7 (4/7), 6-7 (11/13), 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) after a draining four-and-a-half hours.

Nalbandian's sixth win against Federer also snapped his 35-match unbeaten streak and stopped him one victory short of equalling John McEnroe's 1984 season of 82-3.

That also ended a run of four defeats against the Swiss champion, but Nalbandian is one of the few players on the men's tour to brag a winning 6-4 record over Federer.

The two first met in the 1998 US Open junior boys' final, which Nalbandian won.

For his epic victory Nalbandian, 24, was crowned sportsman of the year in Argentina and told the awards ceremony in Buenos Aires last month: "For next year, one of the objectives is winning the Davis Cup. I also want to win a Grand Slam."

He will have to get over the virus that sidelined him at the Kooyong Classic here this week if he is to realise his dream.

His decision to miss the warm-up and rest and recover was taken as defending champion Marat Safin, world number two Rafael Nadal and eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi pulled out of the tournament with injuries.

Nalbandian knows this makes his chances of scoring a slam so much better.

If he can miss out on playing in Federer's top half of the draw then he will have a serious chance of getting through to the January 29 final.

The last South American to win the Open was Argentine Guillermo Vilas in 1979 and the last player from the region to make the semi-finals was Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti in 1999, when he lost to Swede Thomas Enqvist.

Nalbandian has been a solid big tournament performer, reaching two semi-finals and five quarter-finals since being a runner-up to Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the 2002 Wimbledon final.

It was a strong 2005 for the super-fit Nalbandian. He finished in the top-10 for the third consecutive year and pulled off a prestige win over Hewitt to steer Argentina to victory over Australia in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.

Hewitt is the all-time most successful Australian Davis Cup player and for Nalbandian to beat him on grass in Australia was a tremendous achievement.

It was also a personal milestone.

Nalbandian has a prickly relationship with Hewitt after a feisty match where both players bumped into each other during a changeover at last year's Australian Open, and fans will be keen on a rematch.

"I felt that this was the biggest match of the series and I won it so easy so that makes me very happy. It's better that I beat him," Nalbandian said of his first win over Hewitt in four meetings.

Nalbandian, who sees himself as a rally driver after tennis, has the credentials to achieve a career best in Melbourne this year, if he can put himself into contention with a solid showing the first week.

Published : January 14, 2006

Björki
01-16-2006, 10:07 AM
D. NALBANDIAN/D. Udomchoke

6‑2, 6‑2, 1‑6, 6‑7, 6‑1

Q. Is a five‑setter like that the ideal start to the tournament?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: It's not the best way to start, but is good always to win. Doesn't matter the score. I know that was longer than I expect. But I'm happy because in the end I feel playing much better than the beginning. So I go out the court with a good feeling.

Q. It looked like you were cruising there. Do you feel like you slipped a little bit, or did he just find a groove there?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, I feel that I didn't feel hundred percent yet. In the middle of the third set, I lose power, lose everything, and don't feel good. But, well, that's normal. I was sick in the beginning of the week, so I thought that I was better than I play. I expect to be better physically, but not hundred percent yet.

Q. Was it like a lack of energy?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah.

Q. What was the sickness, just a flu or something else?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, just try to finish as quick as I can. I try very hard. In the third set he play very good. I ate the bananas, fluid, everything. I try to do everything. Wasn't enough to finish it in three sets.

Q. What do you know about your second‑round opponent, Wawrinka?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I don't know too much about him. I know he's young, he play good. All rounds here are tough. You can see it today. So I have to be ready. I have to be careful.

Q. Does the fact that you had a little difficulty finishing it off today, does that make you a little more nervous going into your second‑round match?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, no. I think all rounds are different. Doesn't matter how you win the previous one. So anything can happen after tomorrow, so you have to be ready.

Q. Has winning the Masters given you confidence maybe you can also win one of the Slams?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah, of course. That tournament make you more confidence. But win a Grand Slam is not easy. I mean, there is not many players to win a Grand Slam. So I always be in quarters, semis, in finals. Always was near. But after that tournament I feel that I can. So I am trying my best to get in that goal.

Q. Do you feel that this is one of your better shots considering that Agassi is not here, Safin is not here, I know Federer and Roddick still are, but it looks like a slightly easier draw than some of the other majors?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I don't know. If I play good, I can beat anyone. So doesn't matter the opponent. So I have to focus on my game, try to play my best tennis. If I do that, I have the chance to win everybody.

lau
01-16-2006, 10:51 AM
Q. What was the sickness, just a flu or something else?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, just try to finish as quick as I can. I try very hard. In the third set he play very good. I ate the bananas, fluid, everything. I try to do everything. Wasn't enough to finish it in three sets.

Sounds like my mother, you ask her something, she answers anything else, never what you were asking :p :lol:

justClaudia
01-16-2006, 11:13 AM
Sounds like my mother, you ask her something, she answers anything else, never what you were asking :p :lol:


:rolls: My mother does the same, and it really annoys me, and so does my brother - maybe it's a family thing.... :lol:

sigmagirl91
01-16-2006, 12:35 PM
Thanks, Peggy, for the interview.

Next up is Stan Wawrinka. Tough player, I understand, and David would do well to pay more attention in this match.

sigmagirl91
01-16-2006, 12:45 PM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/reports/2006-01-16/200601161137390073965.html


Nalbandian Survives Scare
Monday, 16 January, 2006
by Ashley Browne


No.4 seed David Nalbandian has survived a scare from Thai qualifier Danai Udomchoke to win through to the second round of Australian Open 2006 on Day One at Melbourne Park.

In the second match for the day on a muggy Rod Laver Arena, Nalbandian eventually prevailed 6-2 6-2 1-6 7-6 (4/7) 6-1 in a dour, 211-minute struggle that took the Argentine longer than it should have, bearing in mind that he withdrew from a warm-up event at Kooyong last week because of illness.

Udomchoke, ranked No.121 was making an overdue debut appearance at Melbourne Park after having failed to qualify on six previous occasions. But he came through last week as the No.3 seed in the qualifying event after his opponent defaulted with cramp in the final round.

Nalbandian has been a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park for the last three years.



Some match facts:

Nalbandian landed only five aces compared to Udomchoke's 10, but successfully converted 62 per cent of his first serves

Nalbandian hit 47 winners to 35

Nalbandian successfully won nine of 15 break-point opportunities

sigmagirl91
01-16-2006, 01:09 PM
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8 Gaudio - Sabau
Q - Schuettler
Santoro - Spadea
Pavel - 32 Moya
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18 Ancic - Calleri
Hernych - Vicente
Bracciali - Q
Serra - 11 Ferrer
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16 RObredo - Vanek
Henman - Tursonov
Q - Waske
Acasuso - 20 Blake
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26 Nieminen - Kimmich
Zabaleta - Wang
Wawrinka - Montañes
Q - 4 Nalbandian
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7 Ljubicic - Guccione
Dlouhy - Kohlschreiber
Mello - Muller
Behrend - 31 Lopez
---
19 Berdych - Reynolds
Q - Massu
Malisse - Youzhny
Saulnier - 10 Johansson
---
13 Ginepri - Melzer
Bjorkman - Q
GImelstob - Baghdatis
Q - 17 Stepanek
---
27 Dent - G G Lopez
Daniel - Q
Moodie - Hernandez
Q - 2 Roddick

David drew a qualie in the opening round of AO.

The second round:

Gaudio vs. Burgsmuller
Santoro vs. Pavel

Ancic vs. Hernych
Bracciali vs. Ferrer

Robredo vs. Tursunov
Faurel vs. Blake

Nieminen vs. Wang
Wawrinka vs. Nalbandian


Ljubicic vs. Kohlschreiber
Muller vs. Lopez

Berdych vs. Simon
Malisse vs. Johansson

Ginepri vs. Gremelmayr
Baghdatis vs. Stepanek

GG Lopez vs. Benneteau
Moodie vs. Roddick

sigmagirl91
01-18-2006, 12:45 PM
Third round matchups:

Gaudio vs. Santoro
Ancic vs. Ferrer
Robredo vs. Blake
Nieminen vs. Nalbandian

Ljubicic vs. Lopez
Simon vs. Johansson
Gremelmayr vs. Baghdatis
Benneteau vs. Roddick

Note: David has a 4-3 advantage over Nieminen-his last win coming in the 2005 BMW Open by a score of 6-3 6-0, but Nieminen leads their h2h on hardcourts 3-2.

sigmagirl91
01-18-2006, 12:52 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpNDU1cml1BF9TAzk1ODYyNTg0BHNlYwN0 aA--?slug=reu-opennalbandian_picture&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Nalbandian safely through to third round

MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - David Nalbandian survived a testing encounter with exciting Swiss shotmaker Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The fourth seed was forced to draw on all his big-match experience to win 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 and remain on course for a quarter-final showdown with fellow Argentine Gaston Gaudio.

Nalbandian's next opponent is Finland's 26th seed Jarkko Nieminen, who beat Wang Yeu-tzuoo of Taiwan 6-2 7-6 6-2.

Nalbandian, 24, broke Wawrinka's serve once in each of the first and third sets then twice in the fourth while the Swiss won the second set when he broke for the only time in the match.

sigmagirl91
01-19-2006, 12:49 AM
The post-match interview:


D. NALBANDIAN/S. Wawrinka

6‑4, 3‑6, 6‑4, 6‑2

Q. That was quite a tight match for a long time. You were able to come through it quite comfortably in the end. Was that the sort of game you needed at this stage?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, it was a very tough second round. I mean, he's very young. He play very good. He will be more dangerous than today.

Was tougher than I expect for second round, but I get a very good feeling. I feel that I play very good from the beginning until the end. So I finish today and I feel that I play very good.

Q. How did you feel physically after a five‑set match in the first round and pulling out of Kooyong?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, today I feel much, much better. I mean, playing at night maybe help me a little bit with the heat. So is not too heat.

I feel that next round I will be perfect ‑ almost perfect. Never you feel perfect (smiling).

Q. You also seemed a lot more confident on the big points. You saved a lot of breakpoints. How much of that was from your Masters Cup win against Roger, how much more confidence have you gained from that?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, when you win that points, everybody think that it's normal because of experience. But when you lose it, experience go on. So doesn't matter.

Of course the tournament help me, but I always play good the important points, the breakpoints. So I always try to play good all points, but is not easy so...

Q. Do you think you learnt anything about beating Roger in the future? Did you learn anything about Roger's game that can help you beat him again in the future? Did you discover any chinks in his armor?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: We know each other very well from long time ago, so we know. We know very good.

Q. One last one about your next opponent.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I know Jarkko from Juniors as well, so we play a lot of times. Difficult match. Always that we play, we play long and tough matches. So I don't expect be very quick third round.

sigmagirl91
01-20-2006, 08:38 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpNDU1cml1BF9TAzk1ODYyNTg0BHNlYwN0 aA--?slug=reu-opennalbandian&prov=reuters&type=lgns


Nalbandian grinds out third round victory in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - World number four David Nalbandian came from a set and two games down in the second set to graft his way to a 2-6 6-3 6-2 7-5 victory over Jarkko Nieminen in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday.

Nalbandian also came from a break down in the fourth set to line up a fourth round clash with either James Blake or Tommy Robredo.

Nieminen, who won his first ATP tour title in Auckland last week, had the chance to send the match into a decider when he broke Nalbandian in the eighth game of that fourth set but was unable to capitalise and was broken back in the 11th game.

The 24-year-old Argentine sealed victory when Nieminen sent a backhand long after a typically long baseline rally.

sigmagirl91
01-20-2006, 10:35 AM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2006/ausopen_friday1.asp

Nalbandian Beats Nieminen as Temperatures Soar


As soaring temperatures forced Australian Open officials to suspend play on most courts for about two hours at Melbourne Park on Friday, David Nalbandian and last week’s Heineken Open winner, Jarkko Nieminen, carried on regardless of the conditions.

While fourth-seeded Nalbandian won the battle of attrition over the determined Finn 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 for a place in the fourth round, other players returned to the locker room under the extreme heat policy.

The ruling allows for play to be suspended on outside courts and for the closure of two retractable roofs covering the two main stadium courts should temperatures hit 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit).

Nalbandian and No. 26 seed Nieminen also continued their clash, on Vodafone Arena, through a light rain shower.

Having entered the Australian Open with his highest Grand Slam seeding to date, Nalbandian needed to fight back from a one set and one break deficit to overcome Nieminen in two hours and 54 minutes.

Nieminen, ranked No. 24 in the INDESIT ATP Ranking, converted just five of 16 break points. In comparison, Nalbandian marginally bettered the Finn with seven of 19 break point successes.

Spanish No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo or last week’s Medibank International winner, James Blake, the No. 20 seed from New York, meet in Friday’s night match on Rod Laver Arena for a chance to play the reigning Tennis Masters Cup champion who improved his all-time record in Melbourne to 16-4.

In night action, Swede Thomas Johansson reached the last 16 for the second consecutive year with a straight sets win over French qualifier Gilles Simon, who was making his second career Grand Slam appearance.

Johansson was rarely tested in the 6-3, 6-2 6-1 victory over 21-year-old Simon – ranked No. 123 in the INDESIT ATP Ranking.

The 2002 champion awaits the winner of either seventh-seeded Ivan Ljubicic or No. 31 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain both looking for a fourth round berth in Melbourne for the first time.

sigmagirl91
01-20-2006, 10:45 AM
So, the round of 16 matchups are:

Santoro vs. Ferrer
David vs. winner of James/Robredo match

T. Johansson vs. winner of Ivan/F. Lopez match
Marcos vs. Roddick

Yeah, I used first names with some of these fellas, and you can pretty much guess why.

sigmagirl91
01-20-2006, 07:07 PM
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/a7.jpg

This is the shot!!!

justClaudia
01-20-2006, 07:48 PM
Nice!! :yeah:
Thanks for the pic, Tiff.:D

sophia_c
01-20-2006, 07:50 PM
that is a great picture but there was a better shot....

sigmagirl91
01-20-2006, 08:00 PM
that is a great picture but there was a better shot....

There was? I just wanted it for the ass shot. :D

sigmagirl91
01-20-2006, 08:02 PM
So, the round of 16 matchups are:

Santoro vs. Ferrer
David vs. winner of James/Robredo match

T. Johansson vs. winner of Ivan/F. Lopez match
Marcos vs. Roddick

Yeah, I used first names with some of these fellas, and you can pretty much guess why.


Update:

Santoro vs. Ferrer
Robredo vs. David

Ivan vs. ToJo
Marcos vs. Roddick

sophia_c
01-20-2006, 08:06 PM
There was? I just wanted it for the ass shot. :D


Yeah there is that...but hey!! you think he has a tank ass which he so does not have..I think he has the perfect ass ;)

justClaudia
01-20-2006, 08:08 PM
Yeah there is that...but hey!! you think he has a tank ass which he so does not have..I think he has the perfect ass ;)

Word! :lol:

sigmagirl91
01-20-2006, 08:08 PM
Yeah there is that...but hey!! you think he has a tank ass which he so does not have..I think he has the perfect ass ;)

He's worked on the tank ass. That's a good thing.

sigmagirl91
01-22-2006, 04:41 AM
David def. Robredo 6-3 6-0 2-6 6-2....back to quarters!!!

sigmagirl91
01-22-2006, 05:35 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=Aq.tuHtZkVrvismTEAxgxKI4v7YF?slug=reu-opennalbandian&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Nalbandian beats Robredo to move into last eight

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Masters Cup champion David Nalbandian advanced to the Australian Open quarter-finals for the fourth successive year after a 6-3 6-0 2-6 6-2 victory over Spain's Tommy Robredo on Sunday.

Nalbandian, the fourth seed at Melbourne Park, raced to a two-set lead and looked like he could take the match in straight sets.

But the 16th-seeded Robredo broke the Argentine in the third game of the third set and went on to make it 2-1.

Nalbandian settled back into his rhythm in the fourth set, racing to a 5-2 lead and then sealing a place in the last eight when Robredo hit a backhand into the net on match point.

sigmagirl91
01-22-2006, 05:37 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/reports/2006-01-22/200601221137909801498.html

Four Straight for Nalbandian
Sunday, 22 January, 2006
by Bren O'Brien


No.4 seed David Nalbandian is through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the fourth year in succession after a hard-fought 6-3 6-0 2-6 6-2 win over No.16 seed Tommy Robredo on Vodafone Arena on Day Seven.

Nalbandian, who has never progressed past the last eight in four previous appearances at Melbourne Park, was well on track for a quick progress through before Robredo pinched two breaks and the third set. But Nalbandian breezed through the final set in 30 minutes, sealing his progression with his fourth match point.

The Argentine broke Robredo in the third game of the match, and then the ninth to secure the early advantage. He then marched through the second set in just 25 minutes with three breaks of serve. Robredo rallied with two breaks of his own in the third set after a much-improved performance on his own serve.

But an early break in the fourth robbed him of his momentum and while he managed to thrice thwart the Argentine within a point of victory, on his fourth chance, Nalbandian pounced, sealing a clash with either Fabrice Santoro or David Ferrer.


Match Facts:

• Nalbandian had 22 break-point chances and converted seven, Robredo had two and converted both

• Nalbandian hit 33 winners to 24

• Robredo had 119 first serves to Nalbandian's 84

• Nalbandian now has a 3-1 head-to-head record against Robredo

Björki
01-22-2006, 10:35 AM
David Nalbandian
Sunday, January 22, 2006

Transcribed Interview

D. NALBANDIAN/T. Robredo

6‑3, 6‑0, 2‑6, 6‑2

Q. Heading for a straight‑sets win, what happened in the third?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, I don't know. I think I didn't play at the same level as beginning. Not with the same intensity. That's why I think I lose the second set ‑‑ the third set.

Q. Confidence now that the draw's opening up? Roddick beaten now. Do you have the confidence now to go to the final?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I'm confident every time I play good, and I play good today so I feel much better than the beginning of the tournament. So I am very happy.

I know that all the players are tough right now. I mean, Roddick lost, but Baghdatis is a great player, so is gonna be tough with any one or both. But first I have to think of Ferrer or Santoro.

Q. You pride yourself on playing the right shot to each ball. The first two sets, how close to absolutely the ideal was that for you?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, I don't know how close, but I play very good. With a few mistakes, I mean normal mistakes, because I was hitting very strong shots, very close to the line. So it's normal if you miss some ones.

But I played very, very good in the beginning. And in the fourth set as well. So that's make me confident for the next round.

Q. How much more improvement do you think you can make in the next few days?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Always you can improve. I mean, when you are inside a court, you feel that some shots maybe you can make a winner and not a mistake. So always you think you can improve a little bit more, a little bit more.

But it's tough because you play long matches, good matches. And the small things are very thin, you know. It's difficult to get improve all the time, but that's the idea.

Q. You had a virus late last week. Are you over that totally?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Today I feel great. The doctors told me that every day is gone on it's gonna be better. So I feel much, much better than the beginning. So quite good.

Q. If you would have to pick one player in your part of the draw, who would be most dangerous, who would that be?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: All of them.

Q. You seemed to move quietly through the draw. People don't necessarily notice, start taking notice until this time, the second week. That suits the way you play?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, you have to play good in the second week, so I play good today. I prefer to win easy all the matches. I mean, I was playing five and four sets all the time, quite long matches, many, many hours on court. But I feel that today I play very good. That's make me confident for the second week. So quite good.

sigmagirl91
01-22-2006, 11:47 AM
Thanks, Peggy.

sigmagirl91
01-22-2006, 12:05 PM
The quarterfinal matchups in the bottom draw shape up like this

Santoro vs. David
Ivan vs. Marcos

I will post OOP when available.

This match is a grand opportunity for David to make it past the quarters for the first time ever at this tournament. If he does, then he'll be only the third active male player to advance to the semis or better in all four slams.

Björki
01-22-2006, 02:17 PM
head to head
Santoro leads 2-1
http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/headtohead/head2head.asp?player1=Nalbandian%2C+David&player2=Santoro%2C+Fabrice&playernum2=S424

justClaudia
01-22-2006, 02:44 PM
head to head
Santoro leads 2-1
http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/headtohead/head2head.asp?player1=Nalbandian%2C+David&player2=Santoro%2C+Fabrice&playernum2=S424


Santoro is dangerous....I'm not sure what to expect.
But David can win, if he's focused like he was yesterday on the first 2 sets.
Vamos David! :D

Kyla
01-22-2006, 06:55 PM
There was? I just wanted it for the ass shot. :D
The shot everyone went crazy about was indeed another one - but I like this one better :lol:

RogiFan88
01-22-2006, 09:49 PM
David will win...

sigmagirl91
01-24-2006, 03:20 AM
David def. Santoro 7-5 6-0 6-0. Unexpected scoreline, but we'll take it.
In any case, David will meet the winner of Ivan and Marcos.

rachelzszs
01-24-2006, 03:40 AM
Congratulations!@

sigmagirl91
01-24-2006, 03:49 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=ap-australianopen&prov=ap&type=lgns

Nalbandian into semifinals for the first time

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer
January 23, 2006


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- David Nalbandian advanced to the Australian Open semifinals for the first time, overwhelming veteran Frenchman Fabrice Santoro 7-5, 6-0, 6-0 on Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Nalbandian was down a break in the first set, but reeled off 14 consecutive games to dominate the day's first quarterfinal.

Santoro, 33 and playing in the quarterfinals for the first time in 54 majors, was 13-0 when he got his first serve into play at the start.

He won 34 points in the first set, but won only 16 in the next two sets.

Santoro had Nalbandian sprinting from side to side, net to baseline, chasing drop shots, volleys and lobs until the 24-year-old Argentine got his ground strokes working and started passing him on both sides.

"In the beginning it was very tough, windy," said Nalbandian, the Masters Cup champion. "Also, Fabrice has a very special game. It's not easy to come and hit winners from the first point.


"In the first set I was a bit nervous -- when I got a bit of confidence, I started hitting harder and better, with angles near to the line."

Nalbandian clinched it with a backhand service return, his 47th winner of the match.

He will play the winner of Tuesday's later quarterfinal between No. 7 Ivan Ljubicic and unseeded Marcos Baghdatis, who upset second-seeded Andy Roddick in the fourth round.

Santoro and Nalbandian exchanged service breaks before Santoro, serving to stay in the set at 6-5, was broken. At 0-30, the Frenchman had a rare ace but on his next point hit a backhand wide before Nalbandian blasted a forehand to the opposite corner to take the set, shouting "Si.'

From 5-5 in the first, Santoro never had a game point.

By making the final four at Melbourne Park, Nalbandian has reached the semifinals at all four Grand Slams. He lost the Wimbledon final in 2002 to Lleyton Hewitt.

Nalbandian, who lost in the quarterfinals in the previous three Australian Opens, said his upset win over top-ranked Roger Federer in the season-ending Masters Cup at Shanghai in November had increased his confidence.

"I'm in semis this year, and I hope to win it," said Nalbandian, the highest ranked player on the bottom half the draw.


Martina Hingis' comeback has gone so smoothly that she's in the Australian Open quarterfinals against second-seeded Kim Clijsters following a three-year layoff.

Back on the tour for just three weeks, the three-time Australian Open champion advanced Monday with a 6-1, 7-6 (8) victory over Samantha Stosur 6-1, 7-6 (8).

Hingis needed four match points to beat Stosur. The five-time Grand Slam winner, who dropped off the tour because of ankle, heel and foot injuries, returned to competitive tennis Jan. 2 and hasn't lost a set at this tournament.

Her Swiss compatriot Roger Federer overcame an uncharacteristic 58 errors in his 6-4, 6-0, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 fourth-round win over Tommy Haas.

"I was really trying to just break his momentum. Tommy was making it difficult for me to play," Federer said. "To be honest, I like to be pushed like this."

Davenport and Henin-Hardenne meet Tuesday, while 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova goes against fellow Russian Nadia Petrova.

Federer will meet fifth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the quarters.

After crashing simple overheads into the net in the third and fourth sets, Federer regained an unwavering calm opening the fifth, when he hit 18 of his 66 winners and cut his errors to six.

In the sixth game, he peeled a forehand down the line, turned an improvised, bunted a backhand service return into a winner and secured the pivotal break by forcing the 41st-ranked Haas to go for too much on a forehand.

sigmagirl91
01-24-2006, 03:51 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=2australianopen&prov=st&type=lgns

Nalbandian rolls into Australian Open semifinals Tuesday

January 23, 2006
MELBOURNE, Australia (Ticker) - Fabrice Santoro's first career Grand Slam quarterfinal was not a pleasant experience for the 33-year-old Frenchman.

Santoro was overpowered by fourth seed David Nalbandian of Argentina, dropping the final 14 games in a 7-5, 6-0, 6-0 beating in the round of eight at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Nalbandian, who now has reached the semifinals of all four majors, awaits either seventh-seeded Croatian Ivan Ljubicic or Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the penultimate round.

Santoro, who had been 2-1 lifetime against the 24-year-old Nalbandian, is a journeyman who entered the match with a 53-53 career record in Grand Slams. He began the match promisingly, breaking Nalbandian in the seventh game, but the Argentine immediately countered, then broke again in the 12th game to claim the set.

Nalbandian pulled away thereafter, dropping just seven points in the second set and nine in the third against the tiring Frenchman, who hits with two hands on both forehands and backhands.

On Tuesday night, Baghdatis likely will have the crowd on his side against Ljubicic in a matchup of first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalists.

Cheered on by members of Melbourne's Greek community, the 20-year-old Baghdatis recorded a four-set toppling of second-seeded American Andy Roddick in the fourth round. In his only previous meeting with Ljubicic, he posted a four-set win in the second round of last year's Australian Open.

Also Tuesday night, top-seeded American Lindsay Davenport hopes to overcome an injured left ankle when she takes on eighth seed and reigning French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne.

Davenport sprained her left ankle in her third-round match with No. 25 Maria Kirilenko, then aggravated it in a 6-2, 6-4 victory over another seeded Russian, No. 14 Svetlana Kuznetsova, on Sunday. The American has not won a major since taking the 2000 Australian Open.

A four-time Grand Slam champion from Belgium, Henin-Hardenne rolled into the round of eight with a 6-0, 6-3 rout of Spaniard Virginia Ruano Pascual on Sunday. The 2004 Australian Open champion who could not defend her title because of a right knee injury, Henin-Hardenne has won 18 straight matches on the continent.

Though Henin-Hardenne is 4-5 against Davenport, she has won the last four meetings, including a 7-5, 6-3 victory in the quarterfinals here two years ago.

Also on the docket is an all-Russian quarterfinal between fourth seed Maria Sharapova and No. 6 Nadia Petrova.

Sharapova rallied from early deficits in both sets to defeat No. 17 Daniela Hantuchova, 6-4, 6-4, on Sunday, while Petrova routed countrywoman Elena Vesnina, 6-3, 6-1.

Sharapova is 3-1 lifetime against Petrova, beating her in the quarterfinals of both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year before getting crushed in the WTA Tour Championships, 6-1, 6-2.

Björki
01-24-2006, 08:35 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/reports/2006-01-24/200601241138076442422.html
Nalbandian Eases Into Semis

Tuesday, 24 January, 2006
by Bren O'Brien

David Nalbandian has blitzed his way through to the semi-finals of Australian Open 2006 with a 7-5 6-0 6-0 win over France's Fabrice Santoro.

After a tight first set, it looked as if the Argentine No.4 seed would be pushed all the way in his attempt to reach the final four for the first time in Melbourne. But he progressed through the final two sets with surprising ease, stunning unseeded Santoro with a volley of searing winners.

Santoro was the first to break serve, punishing Nalbandian for a series of unforced errors in the seventh game. But the Argentine then broke back and with the set in the balance in the 12th game, dominated the Frenchman's serve to take the set in 51 minutes.

Nalbandian got the important service break in a tight second game of the second set, and Santoro seemed to drop his head. He won just two points on serve for the rest of the set, and just one on Nalbandian's serve as he surrendered the set in just 25 minutes.

As the Argentine eyed a semi-final spot against either Ivan Ljubicic or Marcos Baghdatis, Santoro could do little but watch as the set followed the same pattern as the first. Nalbandian broke him three more times, making it 13 games on the trot, and played the Frenchman off the court in one hour and 41 minutes.

sigmagirl91
01-24-2006, 08:57 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AkdNvePINA_Aj2fppveK8Yw4v7YF?slug=reu-opennalbandian_picture&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Nalbandian makes first Australian semi-final

(Adds quotes, details, byline)

By Paul Tait

MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - David Nalbandian stormed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Monday with an emphatic 7-5 6-0 6-0 win over Fabrice Santoro and said he was primed to claim his first grand slam title.


The Argentine fourth seed has now reached the semi-finals of all four grand slam events and the manner in which he ruthlessly dispatched Santoro suggested his confidence may not be misplaced.

Nalbandian reeled off 14 straight games from the 11th game of the first set, racing though his quarter-final on Rod Laver Arena in 101 minutes. He claimed the last two sets in less time than it took to win the first.

"I feel that I can keep going, so I have to keep working, keep playing, keep focus," Nalbandian told reporters.

"The goals that I chose to do, to win some grand slams, I'm ready to do," he said.

Seen as one of the few players capable of challenging world number one Roger Federer, Nalbandian will play either seventh seed Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia or unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the semis.

The 2002 Wimbledon runner-up was one of only four men to beat Federer last year, coming back from two sets down to beat the Swiss for the biggest win of his career.

STEP UP

Nalbandian has reached the quarter-finals at seven of his last nine grand slams but said now was the time to go a step further.

"I do quarters all the time so it's not a big difference," Nalbandian said.

"But I'm in the semis now, so I'm very happy. I'll try to be in the finals and try to play all the four grand slam finals."

Nalbandian's form has improved gradually since a scratchy five-set win over Thai qualifier Danai Udomchoke in the first round. The win over Santoro was his first straight-sets victory of the tournament.

Santoro, playing in the last eight at a grand slam for the first time in 54 appearances, pushed his opponent in the first set but was simply overwhelmed thereafter.

Nalbandian said he felt the course of the match change after he fought back from 15-40 at 4-4 in the first set to hold serve.

"It's very difficult to play against him because he doesn't have a normal style," Nalbandian said.

"But then I started playing better, with more confidence, hitting better shots."

Nalbandian said he matched up well with both Ljubicic or the unpredictable Baghdatis, who upset second seed Andy Roddick.

"They play completely different games. If I play good I can beat both."

Björki
01-24-2006, 09:13 AM
David Nalbandian
Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Transcribed Interview

D. NALBANDIAN/F. Santoro

7‑5, 6‑0, 6‑0

Q. Did it take you a set to work out his style?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah, almost. It's very difficult play against him because he doesn't have a normal style. In the beginning was stuff. Was windy as well, so was difficult to get in the game.

But when I break back in the first and then I save the 15‑40 in the 4‑All, everything change. I mean, I start playing better, more confidence, hitting better shots. Yeah, in that moment the match change.

Q. Must feel good to get off in three sets for a change?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, first time, yeah. I didn't spend a lot of time on court today, so I am happy for that. I am happy because I play very good. Every round, better and better. So very good.

Q. You had some long matches to get to this point. Did you feel he just ran out of petrol a little bit today?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, today was very difference than another match. Was very short. I play better than another ones. So quite good. And I feel that I am in the semis in a really good shape.

Q. You've now made the semifinals at all four Grand Slam events. How proud are you of that achievement?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Very happy (smiling).

Q. This was the only tournament where you hadn't done that. Was that a real goal of yours?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, I do quarters all the time so is not big difference. But I'm in semis now. So very happy. Try to be in the finals and try to play all the four Grand Slam finals.

Q. You seem very certain that the job most definitely is not done yet. You seem very determined.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, I feel that I can keep going, so have to keep working, keep playing, keep focus. So it's not easy when you play very good all four Grand Slam and keep motivation.

But I'm keep going, keep practicing. And the goals, I try to ‑ that I say just before ‑ try to win some Grand Slams. So I'm ready to do it.

Q. Have you done anything different this time than the last three years that you feel that may have got you now a step further?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, not really. No. Always same things. Same hotel. Same routines. Not much difference.

Q. Any preparation or anything that you changed?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: (Shaking his head no).

Q. Did you feel in the third set he had almost given up and was eager to get it over with?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I know if he started good in the third, the match can be going, and the same way as the second.

But if I didn't start the third set as good as I do, maybe was a little bit more complicated. But I start very good. I break him very quick. Play him very good.

So not much change.

Q. Do you ever feel embarrassed for an opponent whenever he's just getting beaten that badly?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Sometimes you have lucky and beat him like this, sometimes you don't. So if you can play as less point as possible, it's better.

Q. When you're winning that easily, what do you tell yourself to keep focused? What do you say to yourself

DAVID NALBANDIAN: When?

Q. When you're winning that easily in the second and third sets.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I mean, in the end of the match?

Q. Towards the end, how do you push yourself to the line?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, you think I wish to play like this in semis and in the finals as well. So you, I think ‑‑ when I was playing, I was enjoy because I was playing very good. Try to play same level on the semis. So not a big deal.

Q. Because he plays so differently, not a power game, does it make it difficult for you to assess just how well you played today?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: What did I say, in the beginning you need few games to adapt to his game. And then I started hitting better shots. I mean, much, much angles. I have to say I played today eight and a half points or something like this, but I prefer to start at the same level. But I couldn't for his game, is not easy.

But in the moment that I find the game ‑‑ always was tough in the beginning, but when I find the game, was much easy.

Q. Could you give us your thoughts of playing Baghdatis or Ljubicic in the semis. Something about both of them?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Both tough. I mean, Baghdatis won ‑‑ beat Roddick. So he's playing good.

Ljubicic is a very good tennis player. Last year he have a very good season: Davis Cup, Masters. He played very good. He continue. He win ‑ what he won? ‑ Chennai. He won Chennai this year. So he's still playing good. It's gonna be a tough match.

But I know if I play in my level, I have chance to win it.

Q. Any preferences between those two?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No.

Q. Did you watch Roger last night?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yep.

Q. What were your thoughts on that performance?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: He won (smiling).

Q. Is it easier to have a game plan against players like Baghdatis and Ljubicic than against Santoro?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah, it's different. They play completely different games. I have to focus on my game. If I play good, I can beat both.

Q. If you were a betting man, who would you bet on to win this tournament now?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Me (smiling)

jazz_girl
01-24-2006, 09:32 AM
Q. If you were a betting man, who would you bet on to win this tournament now?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Me (smiling)
:eek: That's new! :lol: I like it!!! :lol:

sigmagirl91
01-24-2006, 09:33 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4641824.stm

Nalbandian ends brave Santoro run



Nalbandian has now reached all four major semi-finals


David Nalbandian ended Fabrice Santoro's run at the Australian Open, defeating him 7-6 6-0 6-0 to reach the semi-finals for the first time.
Santoro, playing in his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the age of 33, broke the fourth seed at 4-3.

But Nalbandian produced an array of fierce groundstrokes to break the Frenchman twice and take the opener.

From then on Nalbandian dictated the match as Santoro crumbled to defeat without winning another game.

Nalbandian will now meet Ivan Ljubicic or Marcos Baghdatis for a place in the final.

Santoro delighted the Melbourne Park crowd in the first set by taking the first break point of the match with a mesmerising series of delicate shots.

Nalbandian had struggled to work out Santoro, who plays two-handed on both sides, but he responded immediately with some powerful forehands to break back.

The Argentine broke again and carried the momentum forward to wrap up the victory in one hour and 41 minutes.

Despite the one-sided scoreline, the contest was full of quality with the players making just 32 unforced errors between them.

"Fabrice has a very special game," said Nalbandian. "It's not easy to come and hit winners from the first point.

"In the first set I was a bit nervous but when I got a bit of confidence, I started hitting harder and better.

"Now I'm in semis this year and I hope to win it."

Kyla
01-24-2006, 05:47 PM
Great pre-match interview!!!! I really like his attitude - hope he can stay fully focused and in great shape for the rest of the tourney!

And I just love his English :lol: Usually I can figure out what he wants to say, but what on earth does "In the beginning was stuff." mean? :haha: Or did the transcriber mishear (probably) and he said "tough" and not "stuff"? :D

jazz_girl
01-25-2006, 12:09 AM
Great pre-match interview!!!! I really like his attitude - hope he can stay fully focused and in great shape for the rest of the tourney!

And I just love his English :lol: Usually I can figure out what he wants to say, but what on earth does "In the beginning was stuff." mean? :haha: Or did the transcriber mishear (probably) and he said "tough" and not "stuff"? :D
:lol: I have no idea!

sigmagirl91
01-25-2006, 01:51 PM
Great pre-match interview!!!! I really like his attitude - hope he can stay fully focused and in great shape for the rest of the tourney!

And I just love his English :lol: Usually I can figure out what he wants to say, but what on earth does "In the beginning was stuff." mean? :haha: Or did the transcriber mishear (probably) and he said "tough" and not "stuff"? :D

I think the translator misunderstood.

Kyla
01-25-2006, 02:47 PM
I think the translator misunderstood.

I sure hope so :lol:

sigmagirl91
01-25-2006, 03:14 PM
I'm really nervous about tomorrow morning's matchup with Marcos. I hope David comes out strong.

justClaudia
01-25-2006, 04:47 PM
I'm really nervous about tomorrow morning's matchup with Marcos. I hope David comes out strong.

I'm nervous too - Marcos will give David a big fight...I'm hoping David's experience can prevail - and that Marcos can fell the pressure of beeign at a GS semi-final...
But it's gonna be hard.
And we're gonna suffer - not that we aren't used to....:lol:

Vamos Daveed! :rocker2:

RogiFan88
01-25-2006, 05:05 PM
I hope there are some Argie fans in the stands for David. ;)

Kyla
01-25-2006, 05:10 PM
I'm relieved that I'm not the only one who's already nervous... as if I had to do anything... :lol:

But as long as it's us who are nervous and not David... ;)

And I've just changed my flag - not that anybody thinks I'm supporting Kiwi :lol:

Viken01
01-25-2006, 05:41 PM
i'm also nervous but i really want david to win this match :o VAMOSSSS DAVID !!!!

paschan
01-26-2006, 04:34 AM
I'm just hoping he will get through. Although I like Bagdathis, its David that's my favourite. And, I got final tickets... (ofcourse hoping for federer and nalbs)

fini
01-26-2006, 07:30 AM
Vamos David!!

sigmagirl91
01-26-2006, 05:08 PM
Well, our David's run ended today with a heartbreaking five-set loss to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, 3-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-3.

sigmagirl91
01-26-2006, 05:08 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AkeKnXfmtFB8QDCh93.nNJM4v7YF?slug=reu-opennalbandian_picture&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Open-Nalbandian stunnned as another chance goes begging

By Julian Linden

MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) - David Nalbandian is in danger of becoming the nearly man of tennis after the wheels came off another grand slam challenge at the Australian Open on Thursday.

The Argentine fourth seed held a commanding two-set lead in his semi-final against unseeded Cypriot sensation Marcos Baghdatis, only to blow his advantage and go down in five sets.


Nalbandian's defeat was the latest in a worrying series of big-match losses.

Although he has reached the semi-finals of all four grand slams, he is yet to win a major and the only time he made the final was at Wimbledon in 2002 when he finished runner-up to Australia's Lleyton Hewitt.

Baghdatis won the third and fourth sets to force the match into a decider then reeled off four games on the trot after Nalbandian had led 4-2 in the final set to win 3-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4.

"I got a lot of chances to win the match," a still-stunned Nalbandian told a news conference.

"I can't understand how I missed that opportunity to win it. It's quite tough."

Nalbandian's service speed dropped off significantly late in the second set and he spent the rest of match icing his stomach during each change of ends but said the injury was not to blame for his defeat.

"I felt a little bit bad in the abs (abdominal muscles) when I was serving," he said. "It was a little bit tough but I don't think that I lose the match because of the injury."

The 24-year-old from Cordoba looked to have broken his habit of losing big matches when he beat world number one Roger Federer in the final of last year's Masters Cup in Shanghai.

The defeat by Baghdatis, just when he was looming as a genuine contender to win at Melbourne Park, will raise further doubts about his grand slam credentials.

"It wasn't easy, he's playing good," he said of Baghdatis. "He beat a lot of very good tennis players in this tournament."

In 2004 Nalbandian lost in the semi-finals of the French Open to lower-ranked fellow Argentine Gaston Gaudio.

In 2003 at the U.S. Open he was two sets up against Andy Roddick in their semi-final, and held a match point in the third, only to lose in five sets.

justClaudia
01-26-2006, 05:13 PM
That article is just to sad to read...
But it is the true.

Björki
01-27-2006, 10:09 AM
David Nalbandian
Thursday, January 26, 2006

Transcribed Interview

M. BAGHDATIS/D. Nalbandian

3‑6, 5‑7, 6‑3, 6‑4, 6‑4

Q. Could you first clarify whether you had injury problems. We all thought that you did?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I feel a little bit bad in the abs when I was serving. So a little bit tough.

Q. How much did that affect you in the match?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: It was difficult to say how much, but a little bit of course.

Q. Did you only feel it in the second set?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Sorry?

Q. Did you only feel it from the second set onwards?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, from the beginning of the match. Was all the time, yeah.

Q. First of all, your serving speed seemed to be a lot faster, then it dropped off, did it?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah, little bit.

Q. Was that an injury at the start of the match or from a previous match?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: From previous, yeah.

Q. From the last one?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah.

Q. Can you believe you didn't win that match? You had a huge lead, you had a break again in the fifth set. I mean, are you stunned that you didn't come out ahead?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, I get a lot of chances to win the match. So I can't understand how I missed that opportunity to win it.

So quite tough.

Q. What's your level of disappointment? You've only played in one Grand Slam final before. You were so close getting into another one.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Is difficult to say, but high.

Q. If you won the second set more easier, say 6‑1 or 6‑2, would it have been a different story, do you think?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah, maybe change. But you never know. But if I win easy the second one, I was two breaks up, maybe could change.

Q. Did either the fireworks or the fans bother you at all?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No.

Q. He's has had an extraordinary run through the tournament. Why is he so difficult to put away?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Sorry?

Q. Why is he so difficult to finish off?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: He's very good player. I mean, it's not easy. He's playing good. He beat a lot of very good tennis players on this tournament. So was very tough to beat him.

Q. Are you surprised that his ranking was not higher coming in here?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: He will be better.

Q. Is this the sort of result that makes you want to relook at the way you approach the game? Do you need to do things differently?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: From now?

Q. Yeah.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Maybe a little bit. But I don't ‑‑ I don't think that I lose the match for the injury or for many things. I'm keep working same way so I'm doing as right now.

Q. Do you take something positive away from this experience?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah.