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Federer: "Nalbandian could of been #1 in 2006"....

zicofirol
03-19-2007, 08:09 PM
"Creo que Nalbandian dejó pasar un poco la posibilidad de apuntarle al número uno. Sí, sobre todo en 2006, porque debió haber ganado aquella semifinal contra (Marcos) Baghdatis en el Abierto de Australia y eventualmente también a (Ivan) Ljubicic en la semifinal de Miami. Y casi me vence en la semifinal de Roma, y debió haberme vencido en la semifinal del Abierto de Francia", recuerda. Y enseguida va más allá: "En realidad perdió muchos partidos que debería haber ganado. Creo que dejó pasar un poco la posibilidad de apuntarle al número uno,
justamente si hubiera pasado a la final de Australia. Podría haber salido de la cancha como ganador en esa final, quién sabe... Y es por eso que quizás desperdició un poco sus chances, y que después fue hacia abajo"...
Siguió enganchado con David: "Parece que le es difícil mantener el nivel en toda una temporada. Pese a eso creo que es un súper jugador, uno de los que mejor le pegan a la pelota en todo el circuito. Juega sencillamente muy lindo".


In short he says nalbandian lost alot of matches that he should of won in 06, he says "he(nalbandian) SHOULD of beaten Lubijic in Miami, Baghdatis in Australia and me in RG"

He also said: "I think Nalbandian let the slight chance(his only chance) to be #1 get away"
Not sure if he was high or just trying to be friendly but he said it lol...
here is the rest of the interview: http://www.ole.com.ar/notas/2007/03/19/um/01383516.html

bokehlicious
03-19-2007, 08:11 PM
He was definitely high :o :p

jazar
03-19-2007, 08:13 PM
surely he wouldnt have made it that high. i reckon he could have got to #3 but even 2 would be pushing a bit

Deathless Mortal
03-19-2007, 08:15 PM
:lol: Ljubo defeated Nalbo 6-1, 6-2, so how the hell was Nalbo supposed to win that match? :retard:

Mistaflava
03-19-2007, 08:16 PM
Why doesn't Federer just cut the bullshit nice guy image? It tends to get really old...

RickDaStick
03-19-2007, 08:19 PM
Federer talking out of his ass again. No suprise. Ljubo beat Nalby 61 62 without even hitting an ace.

Sunset of Age
03-19-2007, 08:25 PM
Fed's STILL partying! :eek:
o_O.

Galathea
03-19-2007, 08:26 PM
:lol: Ljubo defeated Nalbo 6-1, 6-2, so how the hell was Nalbo supposed to win that match? :retard:

Or RG, when he had to left the match becuase he couldn't move directly: he was killing Roger that day, but serving 3-1 at the second set, he got in serious pain. The same Federer after that match declared he got a lot of luck that day :rolleyes:

zicofirol
03-19-2007, 08:28 PM
:lol: Ljubo defeated Nalbo 6-1, 6-2, so how the hell was Nalbo supposed to win that match? :retard:

I think he means nalbandian(iho) is a better player and should of won that match...

Burrow
03-19-2007, 08:29 PM
surely he wouldnt have made it that high. i reckon he could have got to #3 but even 2 would be pushing a bit

he duid make it to no.3 didnt he, or are you talking year end no.3?

Corey Feldman
03-19-2007, 08:36 PM
Im starting to get worried about him...i really am

bokehlicious
03-19-2007, 08:40 PM
Mickey, nothing wrong with Roger, don't be worried ;)

Johnny Groove
03-19-2007, 08:40 PM
Federer: Is he :drink:ing too much or is he :smoke:ing too much?

atheneglaukopis
03-19-2007, 08:42 PM
Roger must have heard about this new strategy called "confuse and divide" from the Andys, and he's trying it out.

Joyce_23
03-19-2007, 08:46 PM
Roger has always feared David most (with exception of Rafa obviously), not that I think that he has any reason for it but he knows that David is one of the only players out there that can beat anyone, including him, when he really wants to.
I don't agree with him by the way, I don't think there is a chance in hell that David would have made it to number one last year but Roger respects him. Always has.
But I still wonder what the hell Roger has been smoking lately...:lol:

DDrago2
03-19-2007, 08:49 PM
Good to see Federer aknowledges Nalbandian's strength as a player. Unfortunately Nalby doesn't look like he will succeed in converting that in results... and he has that big weaknes - his serve

RG 2006 was a big missed chance for him, and it's not the only one. He is too often injured in later phases of GSlams

Galathea
03-19-2007, 08:55 PM
I read the whole interview.. he didn't actually said that in 2006 Nalby could of been number 1, but that David could of been number 1 (like in any year, for talent ans quality of game), but he let pass the chance losing matches that he shouldn't have, like in 2006...

Again, there are sacrifices that a player must do to be number 1. David clearly doesn't want to. He made that clear in several interviews. He wants to keep his life the way he is. And, while that keeps him for having more ranking is what stop him from getting depressed, angsty, obssesed, etc when he's having a bad period like now. Tennis is his job, not his life. :rolleyes:
YOu want to strangle him sometimes, but is his choice.
Ask Marcelo Rios what can happen when your team doesn't hear what you really want to do.

Deathless Mortal
03-19-2007, 08:57 PM
Roger is trying to get attention.

Jade Fox
03-19-2007, 08:57 PM
Federer: Is he :drink:ing too much or is he :smoke:ing too much?

I'm going with:smoke:.

Skyward
03-19-2007, 08:58 PM
I read the whole interview.. he didn't actually said that in 2006 Nalby could of been number 1, but that David could of been number 1 (like in any year, for talent ans quality of game), but he let pass the chance losing matches that he shouldn't have, like in 2006...



Thanks for clarifying.

ServeAlready81
03-19-2007, 08:58 PM
Sounds like the Grey Goose is talking

Klaas_nalbandian
03-19-2007, 09:00 PM
haha those ljubo fans are coming out again, Nalby is a far better player then ljubo and he has so much talent but it is all could be talking so........

nobama
03-19-2007, 09:09 PM
I read the whole interview.. he didn't actually said that in 2006 Nalby could of been number 1, but that David could of been number 1 (like in any year, for talent ans quality of game), but he let pass the chance losing matches that he shouldn't have, like in 2006...That comment makes more sense. Thanks for the clarification.

GlennMirnyi
03-19-2007, 09:24 PM
Federer is becoming kinda dumb like Nadal. That's something to worry. Next thing he'll start with the "yes, no?", "no, no?", "what, no?"... :o

Sunset of Age
03-19-2007, 09:30 PM
Federer is becoming kinda dumb like Nadal. That's something to worry. Next thing he'll start with the "yes, no?", "no, no?", "what, no?"... :o

He already was right on track with that with his 'you know' - pardon, 'you no'. ;)

tangerine_dream
03-19-2007, 09:30 PM
Roger's been partying too hard with Gavin and Gwen.

Metis
03-19-2007, 09:37 PM
Federer: Is he :drink:ing too much or is he :smoke:ing too much?

That 1st round loss to Canas must have driven him crazy.:crazy: That, or Rafa has been ignoring him lately and Roger is trying to make him jealous :aplot:

Sunset of Age
03-19-2007, 09:41 PM
That 1st round loss to Canas must have driven him crazy.:crazy: That, or Rafa has been ignoring him lately and Roger is trying to make him jealous :aplot:

Obvious. We all witnessed Raf hugging Djoko after that match, didn't we?
I'm sure Rogelio did... :devil: :angel:

FluffyYellowBall
03-19-2007, 09:42 PM
what did mirka do to him???:(

sondraj06
03-19-2007, 09:43 PM
Roger's been partying too hard with Gavin and Gwen.

HAHa yes he has, I already said something like that on the other thread, I'm glad some one noticed

MarieS
03-19-2007, 09:47 PM
:cuckoo:

Federer: Is he :drink:ing too much or is he :smoke:ing too much?

I'll go with some insane, unhealthy combination of both :crazy:

Merton
03-19-2007, 09:52 PM
The title is a bit misleading, all Roger seemed to say is that Nalbandiian has missed opportunities, and provided specific matches that were critical. I only disagree with the Miami match against Ljubicic.

brent-o
03-19-2007, 10:19 PM
I agree with Roger's assessment. Maybe not number 1, but Nalbandian should have converted on those opportunities (especially at RG, he completely schooled Roger in the first set, then got injured. Glad of Roger to acknowledge that). Poor David. He'll go down as one of the greatest underachievers of this generation.

zicofirol
03-19-2007, 11:36 PM
The title is a bit misleading, all Roger seemed to say is that Nalbandiian has missed opportunities, and provided specific matches that were critical. I only disagree with the Miami match against Ljubicic.

I grabbed the title str8 from the article so...

sigmagirl91
03-19-2007, 11:42 PM
Whatcha drinkinshootinsmokin, Rog?

Rogiman
03-19-2007, 11:50 PM
#1 or not, he should have won a Grand Slam already the dumbass.

Vin Judah
03-19-2007, 11:53 PM
this is getting out of hand, everyday coming out new interviews with very unique comments from roger...

Peoples
03-20-2007, 12:45 AM
Without a doubt Nalbandian is much better player than Fed. Roger just had more luck ;)

Corey Feldman
03-20-2007, 01:03 AM
Yeah it was the Ljubo-Nalb miami thing for me as well... maybe its just his memory or something.

sawan66278
03-20-2007, 01:55 AM
"This is madness!"










"THIS IS SPARTA!!!!".....um sorry...

TennisLurker
03-20-2007, 02:22 AM
He also said David plays very nice tennis, and Dave is a very nice player to watch


edit: I agree on his comment about the ljubo-nalbandian match making no sense, ljubo won that one easily, he played great

SushiMinimal
03-20-2007, 02:28 AM
yeah, sure. right. why not. I guess.

TennisLurker
03-20-2007, 02:30 AM
Fed also said that if he were not a tennis player he would like to be a musician like Lenny Kravitz

cmurray
03-20-2007, 02:36 AM
Im starting to get worried about him...i really am

um...yeah. He's been making no sense. Nalby wouldn't be nalby if he didn't lose matches he "should" have won. That's part of his charm.

marti_228
03-20-2007, 03:06 AM
Fed also said that if he were not a tennis player he would like to be a musician like Lenny Kravitz

I wish I had listened him saying that. I also would have loved to see an imitation.

Bibberz
03-20-2007, 03:21 AM
I love how Roger says he wishes he could play the guitar but he just doesn't have the time. I know Coria plays--maybe that's why we don't see him as often as we should.

johnemms2003
03-20-2007, 05:13 AM
definitely high

Hola Mr. SK
03-20-2007, 05:22 AM
whahahahahaha

Fedex
03-20-2007, 05:31 AM
Roger needs to seriously put down the crackpipe. :lol:

yomike
03-20-2007, 10:47 AM
Nice for Roger to acknowledge David's talent but David becoming number one:smash:.

scoobs
03-20-2007, 10:52 AM
Certainly David has blown so many big matches he should have won over the years - Australia 2006 the last major example against Baghdatis.

If he'd won a few of those earlier in his career, who knows if he might have developed a taste for major success and be more focused and dedicated now. Ah well, coulda woulda shoulda.

victor_gospo
03-20-2007, 11:53 AM
Sports in general are full of players who should have or could have

Nalbandian has always been a great ball striker, but by the same token always been under prepared. Rarely can the guy play 3 tournaments in a row with out some injury

That is 101% his own fault.

He likes his rally racing too much. He seems to go to way to many all you can eat places

oz_boz
03-20-2007, 01:40 PM
zicofirol :whisper: : It's "could HAVE", "should HAVE"; not "could OF", "should OF".

R.Federer
03-20-2007, 03:41 PM
Was this an answer to a question directly posed to him, such as Could David be No. 1? Maybe someone who can read the article can figure out if he was just giving a polite answer or talking randomly.

tennis2tennis
03-20-2007, 04:11 PM
nope..he's definetly been smoking somthin'
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a355/Emily-b/_40354309_federer_alphorn_ap270.jpg

Kitty de Sade
03-20-2007, 04:13 PM
nope..he's definetly been smoking somthin'
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a355/Emily-b/_40354309_federer_alphorn_ap270.jpg

:lol: Too funny!

TennisLurker
03-20-2007, 04:14 PM
In that interview it seems as if he started to talk about nalbandian, and kept talking about him.

I dont think they asked him that, but maybe they did ask him what he thought of the present of Argentine players, he later talks a little about Coria.

Holly Hope
03-20-2007, 04:19 PM
Slam winner (potential) ? yes sure, but never a number 1 player. Of course, hes also one of the few who can beat Federer :yeah:

Or Levy
03-20-2007, 04:33 PM
LOL, the interview was so out of the ordinary it got mentioned in the Israeli news sites as well, how Roger wants to be a rock star like Lenny Kravitz :D :D after seeing a live concert of him, and seeing the fans (and himself) reactions to the concert. Brilliant stuff, really.

I wonder if that means he can sing, that should be something to see.

Galathea
03-20-2007, 04:35 PM
Was this an answer to a question directly posed to him, such as Could David be No. 1? Maybe someone who can read the article can figure out if he was just giving a polite answer or talking randomly.

No he was asked about players that he liked (at least one transcription started like that) and he went with Nalbo. He was asked then about the Shangai final, but he named David. Seems he honestly likes his game. He just kept talking about him. He was asked later for Coria and other argies players and there he went with the polite answers, but he just started to talk about Nalbandian.
Seems he likes him :shrug: ;)

DDrago2
03-20-2007, 04:49 PM
No he was asked about players that he liked (at least one transcription started like that) and he went with Nalbo. He was asked then about the Shangai final, but he named David. Seems he honestly likes his game. He just kept talking about him. He was asked later for Coria and other argies players and there he went with the polite answers, but he just started to talk about Nalbandian.
Seems he likes him


What is strange about Fed liking Nalbandian? Nalby is class, different from other argentinian players and from all other players. It's the serve that burries him and maybe his overall personality, but things he does on court are second only to Federer when pure class is concerned

Metis
03-20-2007, 06:59 PM
LOL, the interview was so out of the ordinary it got mentioned in the Israeli news sites as well, how Roger wants to be a rock star like Lenny Kravitz :D :D after seeing a live concert of him, and seeing the fans (and himself) reactions to the concert. Brilliant stuff, really.

I wonder if that means he can sing, that should be something to see.

Yes, and I am sure that after seeing that video clip of David singing, he figured that if David can do it, so can he.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r4_D0jtqms

Maybe he plans to ask David to get together and form a band, that's why he's being so nice. :D

Galathea
03-20-2007, 07:13 PM
What is strange about Fed liking Nalbandian? Nalby is class, different from other argentinian players and from all other players. It's the serve that burries him and maybe his overall personality, but things he does on court are second only to Federer when pure class is concerned

No nothing weird. Hey, huuuuge fan of Nalbo here.
But is weird Federer talking that much about a player and keeps going on with that theme, so that's why I said he must liking a lot to do that. Federer often talks about Nalbo as one of the better players. You can read how when he answers the question about Coria and the others he's polite, but when he talks about Nalbandian he's interested in that theme.

Also, the best thing for the ATP was Nalbandian not getting the number 1. Can you imagine the ATP and the tennis press dealing with a number one that doesn't like/care at all the press (specially the international, with the argie he gets along well with several media), the whole "public image" thing and being polite and nice towards the ATP people? A number one dropping tournaments just because he wants to watch rally? I think that would be the best revenge against Mr Disney ;)

Fumus
03-20-2007, 07:15 PM
My mom could have been number 1 in 2006, but she wasn't, she chose to fly dragons, free the little people of kripdrofen from the evvvil wizard...she sure let Federer off the hook....