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Old 02-15-2010, 11:07 PM   #3421
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David=starvation victim. Never thought I'd say that.
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David Nalbandian Returns with a Victory
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ALL tennis fans will be delighted to see David Nalbandian return from basically a year out with injury. The former Wimbledon finalist has had hip and abdomen issues and at one point, it was unclear whether he would play again.

His comeback was an apt one. In the Argentinian capital, he defeated Potito Starace in straight sets at the Copa Telmex to set up a second round tie with Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

The match was carried over after a rain delay on Monday with Nalbandian leading 6-2. The second set was a closer affair, the Argentine winning the tie-break to three.

"You don't know how you're going to react in particular situations like being 4-4 or having your service broken," Nalbandian said afterwards. "It's more that uncertainty than playing well or badly [that concerned me]. Yesterday [Monday] I hit my returns better, today [Tuesday] the ball was faster and the wind did not help. But it was a good comeback. I hesitated very little, hardly at all. I'll take things day by day. I'll need four, five, six tournaments to start getting the rhythm of the circuit."

No.1 seed David Ferrer saw off the challenge of Germany's Simon Greul, winning 6-2 7-6 (3), while another Spanish clay court specialist, Carlos Moya, rolled back the years in defeating Filippo Volandri 6-2 7-5. It was, in fact, a good day for the Spanish, with Santiago Ventura, Marcel Granollers, Albert Montanes and Pablo Andujar all winning their respective matches.

Marcos Daniel had the Bandit samba-ing away with his goats after a comfortable 6-1 6-3 win over Paolo Lorenzi, while another Italian, Fabio Fognini, lost a tight encounter with Igor Andreev 7-5 7-6 (4).

Argentina also had plenty to celebrate apart from Nalbandian's return. Juan Ignacio Chela caused a shock of sorts but ousting Richard Gasquet in straight sets and Juan Monaco, our tip to win in Buenos Aires, saw off Lukasz Kubot 6-4 7-6 (1). Gaston Gaudio's return to action as a wildcard was futile, however, as compatriot Horacio Zeballos won 6-3 3-6 6-3. MA
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Oh, man. It looks like David might have another off setting injury. I hope he can play the Quarter Final match in Buenos Aires:

Nalbandian struggles to second win on comeback trail

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BUENOS AIRES: David Nalbandian faced the tough realities of returning to the circuit from a nine-month injury absence in a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 win over Spaniard Daniel Gimeno Traver at the Buenos Aires Open on Wednesday.

The former world number three, winner in Buenos Aires in 2008, played through the pain of a muscle tear in his right leg early in the second set and may have to pull out of the tournament, his first since hip surgery in May.

"I felt something in my abductor (muscle). ... My trainer said perhaps I should not play on but I can't do that in Buenos Aires with this crowd that gives me so much support," Nalbandian said in a courtside interview.

Had he been playing anywhere else he would have pulled out on the spot, Nalbandian told a news conference later.

"The plan is to wait and see how it evolves. I really want to play on but we'll wait and see," he said. He faces Spaniard Albert Montanes in Friday's quarter-finals.

The first signs that Nalbandian would struggle on Wednesday came when he gave away a first break of service from 40-0 up in the fifth game as he lost seven points in a row.

Nalbandian broke right back but gave away another break when he was serving for the set at 5-3.

The 28-year-old Argentine, who beat the same opponent in two sets in the same round last year, was never in front in the tiebreak, which he lost 7-5.

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Nalbandian suffered the twinge early in the second set and had courtside treatment but said that in a way it helped him to improve his game because he had to take risks.

He pulled off some of his best shots, notably his trademark angled drives, to get himself out of trouble.

However, he made hard work of wrapping up the second set. He smashed wide of the line with Gimeno Traver at his mercy when 40-30 up and had to negotiate a break point before the Spaniard hit a crosscourt drive wide.

Gimeno Traver, ranked 80, saved a match point in the third set at 5-3 down and Nalbandian had to come from behind to force the deciding tiebreak.

The 24-year-old Spaniard, who upset third seed Nicolas Almagro in the first round, fended off two more match points before the Argentine clinched it 9-7.

Nalbandian will now play Montanes, who beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-3 6-2.

Second seed Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Brazilian Marcos Daniel 6-2 6-4 in the late match on centre court.

Top-seeded fellow Spaniard David Ferrer was scheduled to meet Frederico Gil of Portugal in the second round on Thursday.
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More rough news. At least the recovery should only take about 10 days, but he will miss his QF match on Friday with Montanes and also the Mexican Open and the Davis Cup tie with Sweden. I guess that means he is aiming for a return at Indian Wells on the hard courts, which should be much better for his hip than playing on clay. But this injury is to his thigh:

Nalbandian pulls out in Buenos Aires tennis tourney with right-leg injury
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — David Nalbandian pulled out of the Copa Telemex clay-court tournament Thursday with a leg injury he sustained during the second round.

Nalbandian - playing in his first tournament since hip surgery nine months ago - withdrew from his quarter-final against fifth-seeded Albert Montanes with a right-leg abductor injury, giving the Spaniard a spot in the semifinals.

In second-round matches Thursday, sixth-seeded Igor Andreev of Russia defeated Marcel Granollers of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain beat Portugal's Frederico Gil 6-3, 6-0.
Eighth-seeded Horacio Zeballos of Argentina overcame Spaniard Carlos Moya 6-4, 6-4, to reach the quarter-finals. No. 4 Juan Monaco of Argentina rallied to beat countryman Juan Ignacio Chela 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2.

Nalbandian's website quoted tournament director Martin Jaite as saying Nalbandian was retiring on the recommendation of doctors who conducted a series of tests on him.

Nalbandian said after Wednesday's victory over Spain's David Gimeno-Traver that his trainer had suggested he pull out of the match when he injured his leg in the second set. He said he probably would have pulled out had the event not been his home tournament.

"But I decided to play for the sake of people who have always supported me," Nalbandian said. "I took a risk but it went well."

The injury could leave Nalbandian out of the Argentine Davis Cup team that will play Sweden in Stockholm from March 5-7.

Nalbandian had hip surgery in May and had hoped to return in January for a tournament at Auckland, New Zealand, but he strained abdominal muscles while warming up for a match.

Nalbandian was a Wimbledon finalist in 2002, and reached the French Open semifinals in 2004 and 2006.
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It sounds like he is recovering on schedule:

Bleacher Report appears to have some Nalby fan's on staff. They have released two great articles in the past week in light David making his comeback. The analysis in these articles on David's talent and contribution to the game surprisingly hit the center of the mark. The first article is from Feburary 17, 2010:

Always a Bridesmaid: David Nalbandian or Elena Dementieva
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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/3...-or-dementieva


Perhaps we have all been spoiled. The past 20 years of professional tennis has provided us with an embarrassment of riches.

Some of the greatest players of all time have played some of the most brilliant tennis evey played and racked up big numbers of Grand Slam Singles Titles.

The 1980s and 1990s saw a distinguished group of multiple major winners: Sampras with 14, Agassi and Lendl both with 8, Wilander and McEnroe tied at 7, and Becker and Edberg with 6.
Bring on the 2000s and Federer has taken the term "Grand Slam Champion" to dizzying heights with 16 victories. Not to mention the young Spaniard Rafael Nadal, only 23 years old and already the holder of 6 himself.

Let's not even get into the women's game, as they have long outpaced the men. The lead by Steffi Graf's gold standard of 22, yes 22 Grand Slam Singles Titles.

The great rivals Evert and Navratilova aren't far back themselves with 18 each. Even in the recent, more dangerous era of the women's game, Venus and Serena Williams have picked up Majors with alarming regularity, winning 7 and 12 respectively.

Perhaps all of these recent greats, amongst the very greatest players of all time, have caused us to have a skewered vision of the price of winning a single Grand Slam Title.

Two weeks, seven matches, and 21 sets to immortality. The proposition sounds so simple on paper, but is oh so hard in reality.

Take two of the most talented ball strikers on either tour, David Nalbandian of the ATP, and Elena Dementieva of the WTA.

One would struggle to find two cleaner strikers of a tennis ball. One would struggle to find two players who took the ball as early, or owned the split second timing that these two have.

Even next to the very best in the world, their talent shines through. Dementieva is just as good a ball striker as World No. 1 and 12-time Grand Slam titlist Serena Williams.

David Nalbandian has beaten both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in enough big matches to have true belief in his chances. He's a more talented player than most of the field, as is Dementieva.

However, both seem to lack one important factor. The final piece to solving the Grand Slam puzzle.

Twice, Dementieva has been to the Finals of a Major. Twice she has had winnable matches in those Finals. Twice she has failed.

Nalbandian is one of a select few players who has reached the Semifinals or better of all four Grand Slam events. He too is a Grand Slam finalist, losing a winnable match against Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon.

He has twice squandered two sets to none leads in a Grand Slam Semifinal: first against Andy Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open, and then against Marcos Baghdatis at the 2006 Australian Open. Both times he succumbed to his own nerves.

While both Dementieva and Nalbandian have spent most of their respective careers in the upper echelons of the sport, they have also been the victims of the titans of their eras.

Serena Williams and Roger Federer are pretty close to perfect when they are fit and focused on their tennis. It just so happens that this is usually the case at the Grand Slams.

Needless to say, there isn't a lot of room for many other champions. But history reasons that no one can win forever, and that true talent cannot for ever be suppressed.

This reasoning begs to argue that Nalbandian, Dementieva, or perhaps both would someday hoist a Grand Slam trophy. Both have won their respective year end championships.

Both have been ranked inside the top three in the world. Both have beaten the current world number ones on more than one occasion.

Reason tells us that one or both of these players should have broken through at some point, but current circumstances cry out that their times have come and gone.

Dementieva can't hit a first serve. She simply can't. She expects to win matches by breaking serve, six or seven times.

The fact that she actually does have a glaring weakness, which is sure to rear its head in the most pressure-filled situations, is a tremendous strike against her.

It also doesn't help any that Serena Williams is simultaneously the best server and biggest returner on tour.

Add into the mix the return of the two Belgian dynamos, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, and the gradual return of three time Slam Titlist Maria Sharapova, and it's increasingly difficult to see Dementieva successfully navigating the waters of a major event all the way through to victory.

On the other hand, David Nalbandian is a different story totally. Over the past eight years or so, if Federer is the "Standard” and Nadal the "Warrior King", no doubt Nalbandian is the "Natural."

Plain and simple, when he's on top of his game he is the purest ball striker on tour, and one of purest ever. He's a natural tennis player, blessed with the kind of innate court sense that more devoted players like Andy Roddick, and even Novak Djokovic have to practice repeatedly and force.

He's the kind of player for whom tennis is a job, for whom tennis is so easy that practice, and hard work seems laughable.

He's like a young Agassi to Federer's Sampras. The difference is that Agassi woke up and smelled the coffee, and the missing Grand Slam Titles.

The alarming thing about Nalbandian is that he seems to be very content with being a very good player. He looks at the dominance of Federer and Nadal and shrugs his shoulders, as if to say "There's nothing I can do, these guys are too good."

It's a load of crap. No doubt that Roger and Rafa are two of the greatest ever, but check the facts. Nalbandian plays a style that bothers both players. He's had some lopsided win over Nadal, including one in the Finals of a Master's event in Paris.

Throughout his career series with Federer, a rivalry that dates back to the juniors, Nalbandian has played very evenly with Federer. Recently, Federer has won more often, as Nalbandian had won more often earlier on, but the two have often played very competitive matches.

Much more competitive than say, Roddick/Federer, or recent Murray/Federer matches. The fact remains that Nalbandian has the goods to beat Roger, Rafa, and anyone else in the world. For reasons known only to him, he chooses to put forth a paltry effort.

The difference between Dementieva and Nalbandian is pretty simple. One loses big matches because of a glaring technical weakness, and the other loses because of a glaring mental weakness.

The likelihood of either winning a Major at this point seems pretty slim. It just feels like the window was open for a few years, but now it's closing. Despite the diminished likelihood, Nalbandian is the greater opportunity.

If he can somehow get hot like he did toward the end of 2007, he can dismiss anyone in the world pretty routinely. He's that kind of a talent.

He's also played the best players in the world evenly enough to believe that he can beat them. While Dementieva has played Venus, Serena, and Henin tough lately, her record against the usual suspects is pretty poor.

This is especially true in important matches. The serve remains the big issue, it simply too hard to survive seven matches in a row by breaking serve more than she holds.

If you are a betting person, leave the odds on either player winning a Major. However, if there's a gun to your head then go with the Argentine.
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David Nalbandian vs. Roger Federer: Will There Be Pt. 2 in the Rivalry?
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Written on February 20, 2010
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David Nalbandian and Roger Federer have fought each other long and hard on tennis courts around the world since their days on the junior circuit, with Nalbandian usually winning those early contests.

The Argentine’s game, when he plays it at his best, makes him almost unbeatable.

Early on in his career Nalbandian was a superior player to Federer, who often could not control his emotions, losing his way in a match. The wily Argentine recognized this fact and took full advantage.

Once they each turned pro, Nalbandian won their first five matches. It wasn’t until they met at the year-end 2003 Tennis Master’s Cup in Houston in round-robin play that Federer was finally able to defeat Nalbandian, 6-3, 6-0. Even so, Nalbandian finished 2003 in the top 10 for the first time in his career.

Even as Federer began his remarkable winning span from 2004 to 2007, Nalbandian continued to rise up periodically and remind the Swiss of his roots, taking him back to the days when Federer could be flummoxed by consistent play and tenacious returns.

Nalbandian loved to remind Federer that the Argentine could exert his will and still beat the World No. 1.

In 2005, when Federer was attempting to equal John McEnroe’s 1984 win-loss record, Nalbandian met him in the finals of the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai and defeated Federer in one of the greatest finals ever at that event (6-7, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6).

Federer won the first two sets in tiebreaks, but Nalbandian fought back, forcing a fifth set. The Argentine secured his win by outplaying Federer in the the final set tiebreak, forever ending Federer’s hope of equaling McEnroe’s 1984 win-loss record of 82-3 in one season—the Swiss ended the year at 81-4.

In 2007, Nalbandian scored back-to-back wins over Federer at ATP Masters Series events in Madrid and in Paris, which did not sit well with the Swiss maestro. On his way to victory, Nalbandian not only beat Federer but also defeated Rafael Nadal.

That especially pleased the Argentine and his fans.

Overall, Federer leads in their head-to-head, 10-8. The last time they played was in the final at Basel in 2008, which the Swiss won, playing an almost flawless match against his nemesis at Federer’s hometown tournament.

So it was that this week David Nalbandian, the man who often drove Roger Federer to distraction throughout his tennis career, returned to the world stage playing tennis at the Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires.

The Argentine won his first match in nine months, defeating Italian Potito Starace in straight sets over two days. The match, rained out in day one, finished Tuesday with Nalbandian winning by a 6-2, 7-6 score. He followed that up by defeating David Gimeno-Traver from Spain on Wednesday, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6. It proved to be a grueling match.

Nalbandian was scheduled to meet Albert Montanes of Spain in the quarterfinals but had to withdraw because of a leg injury, which will keep him out of action once again.

Nalbandian, now ranked No. 140 in the world, will continue battling to get back into playing shape after leaving the tour in May of 2009 for hip surgery.

The Argentine returned to participate briefly in exhibitions in December and subsequently suffered an abdominal injury during training, which slowed his rehabilitation and caused him to miss play altogether at the 2010 Australian Open. This week marked his official return to action.

Nalbandian traditionally competed in the South American Clay Court swing. He won the Copa Telmex in 2008. But the 28-year-old admitted that clay is not the best surface for his return because of its reliance on long rallies requiring sustained stamina.

In Buenos Aires, he was hoping for a couple of matches to test his endurance followed by action in Acapulco the following week to strengthen his ragged game before American hardcourts and the European clay court season get underway. His ultimate goal was to be ready to compete fully at the French Open.

Nalbandian’s true love in tennis is Davis Cup play, and he hoped to be able to play in the upcoming tie with Sweden, March 5 through March 7 in Stockholm. The Argentine has a 27-9 career Davis Cup record (17-4 in singles) in 16 ties. He promised to be on hand even if he must attend in a wheelchair—which now appears to be his only option.

Known as one of the cleanest ball-strikers in the game, Nalbandian uses his all-around game, and especially his powerful ground strokes, to keep his opponents pinned along the baseline, as he takes the ball early and hits it deep with disguised angles and deceptive net play.

He is intelligent and anticipates well. Moreover, his two-handed backhand down the line is almost without equal. His highest ranking was No. 3 in the world, which he reached in March of 2006.

The problem for Nalbandian has never been his prowess on the court, but, rather, his dedication to the sport. Often he appeared overweight and definitely out of shape, competing with what can best be described as passing interest.

He doesn’t look like a tennis player—but looks can be deceiving. Contributing to this overall portrait are the numerous injuries the Argentine has suffered throughout his career.

When Nalbandian emerged early in his career, his game was fairly well perfected. He won early and enjoyed success. Playing the game was easy for him, and he knew how to win. He never had to work as hard or practice as diligently as many on tour, which was a blessing early on but may prove to be a detriment at this late stage in his career.

While Federer had to fight his way through to learn how to win—how to control his emotions and redirect his demons—Nalbandian seemingly had mastered his doubts and won coming out of the gate.

Now at age 28, coming back from an extended leave and another injury, Nalbandian has his work cut out for him to make it back into the upper echelons of the men’s rankings. His ambition is to work his way back into the top 25, where he will be seeded at major tournaments.

Nalbandian was off to a great start in winning his first two matches in Buenos Aires, but his body was not ready for clay.

Time will tell whether we will see any more great matches featuring Federer and Nalbandian. It will take a real commitment and intense dedication for the Argentine to find his form again, especially against the world's No. 1.

Hopefully, for the good of the game, these two champions will live to fight many more incredible battles against each other on the tennis court, where the struggle is always as mental as it is physical...
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Seems that there is a good news finally: David will play Davis Cup match against Sweeden

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And another one (Spanish too)
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And he has gotten the needed Wildcard for Indian Wells. So that is more great news! Davis Cup play this weekend and then Indian Wells Masters next week.

http://www.mydesert.com/article/2010...tions+revealed

Ok, here is my worst rational fear: Argentina selects Nalby to play a best 3 out of 5 setter on Sunday (maybe against Soderking) in the Davis Cup after having play doubles on Saturday, and after flying to Sweden and playing 2 exhausting matches, he flies from Sweden to California to begin Indian Wells. I hope for his sake, he makes it to IW rested. But with Leonardo Mayer being the vet on the current DC team, I would expect Nalby to be chosen to play if it is close.

It is awful that all the other big stars from Argentina pulled out of the DC with injuries and David might be obligated to pull off some more heroics before IW. I pray he doesn't exhaust himself in the process. I note none of the injured players missing the DC tie with Sweden have pulled out of Indian Wells:

http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/Player...r-Landing.aspx
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Vamos David, you're great
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David has got a Wc for Miami (source ATP)
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David comes back tomorrow in the Doubles against Sweden, playing with Horacio Zeballos against Soderling / Lindstedt.

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Vamos David and Horacio...you can do it
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