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05-05-2013 11:32 PM
BauerAlmeida
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

Calling Nalbandian a ball basher is like calling Volandri a serve-bot.
05-05-2013 11:27 PM
Topspindoctor
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

Fatbandian and Baldenko were both hugely overrated. Both were no serve ball bashers with poor forehand, fitness and mental strength. Both players had zero chance to win a slam, yet many hyped these relatively poor players to high heavens. Their careers are similar also. Managed to win a few titles, but done jack shit on the big arena (slams).
05-05-2013 11:20 PM
JarkaFish
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

Nalby for sure, although the way Davydenko destroys Nadull on HCs is just
05-05-2013 10:53 PM
ne znam ali mozda
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

Of course Nalbandian..we never need a poll.
05-05-2013 10:19 PM
Vinceremo
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

few players can match David's peak level, really.

understandably and reasonably lopsided poll results.
05-05-2013 04:06 PM
LaFuria
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

Nalbandian and it's not really close. Nalbandian's serve was Roddick like compared to Davydenko's.

Nalbandian was one of the last all-surface players before the surfaces were ruined.
05-05-2013 03:12 PM
TBkeeper
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

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Originally Posted by peRfect-Tennis View Post
Davydenko never really choked against Fed. If anything he was pretty solid against him - WTF 2009 for example. Fed just outplayed him time and time again. Check the Rotterdam 2012 highlights.
haha i'll tell you that:
2004 Miami R64 - Choke
2006 AO QF - Choke
2007 RG SF - Choke
2007 USO SF - Choke
2010 AO QF - Choke
2012 Roterdam SF - Choke

6 matches choked like hell
05-05-2013 03:08 PM
perfect-tennis
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

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Originally Posted by hipolymer View Post
I'll go with Nalbandian because he didn't choke to Federer as much as Davydenko did. Nalbandian was also affected by injuries much more so I'll give his superiority the benefit of the doubt.
Davydenko never really choked against Fed. If anything he was pretty solid against him - WTF 2009 for example. Fed just outplayed him time and time again. Check the Rotterdam 2012 highlights.
05-05-2013 02:23 PM
Timot
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

Nalbandian's peak was definitely higher as he could challenge practically everyone in his best form, which was not the case with Davydenko against Fed.

Who was better overall? Pretty similar, but I'd still give a slight edge to Nalby, with that slam final he has.
05-05-2013 01:17 PM
philosophicalarf
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

Nalbandian imo had the higher innate ceiling ("talent" if you will) - a bit more power, capability of sharper attacking angles. We hardly ever saw that for more than a match at a time though.

On the other hand, Davydenko before his wrist injury (say July 2009 to Feb 2010) was looking like the #1 in that time. Just unfortunate he wasn't fit for the US Open, and he did blow it against Fed in the Aus when well ahead.

That match of course can be taken as an example of him not taking his chances on the bigger stage, perhaps a fair judgement. On the other hand, iirc Nalbandian hasn't beaten a top4 _outdoors_ since 2003. His legend was somewhat inflated by 07 Paris/Madrid, and it's not unfair to point out this is a period the top players don't always take at full throttle.
05-05-2013 11:34 AM
leng jai
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

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Originally Posted by The Bulldog View Post
I've never understood this spiel about Davydenko being one of the best ball strikers of his generation. His game was all about foot speed. Now he's losing some foot speed, he's no good.
Watch again. Prime Davydenko was approaching Agassi levels of pure timing. How do you think a player of his physique achieved such high levels of power on a consistent basis? Contrast him to the manner that someone like Del Potro produces his velocity and it's night and day.
05-05-2013 11:30 AM
Burrow
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

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Originally Posted by The Bulldog View Post
I've never understood this spiel about Davydenko being one of the best ball strikers of his generation. His game was all about foot speed. Now he's losing some foot speed, he's no good.
Davydenko was a very clean hitter. He took the ball earlier than anyone on tour and court hit the ball hard and flat in any direction. I don't understand how anyone can really dispute this.

The fact that he is a shadow of the player he was once is not only because of mobility, it's also much to do with confidence.
05-05-2013 11:11 AM
The Prince
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

I've never understood this spiel about Davydenko being one of the best ball strikers of his generation. His game was all about foot speed. Now he's losing some foot speed, he's no good.
05-05-2013 07:29 AM
Arakasi
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

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Originally Posted by vpmrosulate View Post
I'm not sure. Obviously Federer is a very tough opponent for anyone, especially in slams, but Davydenko lost to Federer just as much outside the slams (2-19 overall) whereas Nalbandian was a decent 8-11 against him. I'm not saying that with Davydenko's draw, Nalbandian would have done much better, but certainly at least somewhat better.
Nalbandian has a much better match up against Federer than Davydenko does. But my point was that win or lose, Nalbandian has hardly played Federer at the latter stages of a GS. Davydenko on the other hand has had his GS career largely defined by him. In the same way that Roddick is given a lot of slack for only winning one GS I think Davydenko would have been much more successful if Federer was out of the picture. And that has to count for something.
05-05-2013 05:21 AM
TBkeeper
Re: Nalbandian vs Davydenko: Who was the better player/whose peak level is higher/etc

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Originally Posted by abraxas21 View Post
there is a thread about this already.

as for the answer, i think any true enlightened tennis fan knows its davydenko
This ! Although Davy's peak lasts a few times in several matches ... His peak is sublime , In 2006 Paric-Bercy HRBATY said that he hasn't seen anything like that thrown at him ... simply unbeatable
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