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View Poll Results: Who will be considered as a better player: Davydenko vs Nalbandian?

Davydenko 8 28.57%
Nalbandian 18 64.29%
Can't split them 2 7.14%
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:03 AM   #16
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Ten years from now people aren't gonna sit around reminiscing over a cold beer, "Ah that Nikolay Davydenko, damn he was so consistent, remember how he finished in the top 5 four years in a row? That was just beautiful," they're gonna remember Nalbandian as one of the most notorious underachievers in the history of tennis and they're gonna remember how he bludgeoned Federer and Nadal when they were destroying everyone else. Nobody cares about the damn stats, what's more memorable is Nalbandian coming back from 2 sets down to beat Federer in Shanghai. It might not be fair but that's what people will remember, the drama, the matches, the amazements and the disappointments.
I'm not using that to say Davy is better. I think it is very close. But for one guy to finish 4 years in a row in the top 5 and the other to never do it says a lot. Plus 4 years in a row in top 5 is a major accomplishment. Roddick, Ferrero, Safin and Hewitt are all slam winners and none of the four finished 4 years in a row in top 5. So it is a huge feat for Davy.
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Nalbandian, no question.

If you take out Davydenko's run in Key Biscayne last year, his career was built upon titles won over relatively poor opposition and a constant failure at challenging the opposition at the very top of the game.
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Nalbandian, no question.

If you take out Davydenko's run in Key Biscayne last year, his career was built upon titles won over relatively poor opposition and a failure at challenging the opposition at the very top of the game.
That is true of both in slams though. They have won a combined 1 slam semi-final match between them and that was by Nalbandian over Xavier Malisse, hardly top opposition. Then Hewitt ripped Nalby apart.
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That is true of both in slams though. They have won a combined 1 slam semi-final match between them and that was by Nalbandian over Xavier Malisse, hardly top opposition. Then Hewitt ripped Nalby apart.
Their Slam history is very similar, yep. When it comes to Slams, both are underachievers. Nalbandian was let down mostly by his lack of fitness, and Davydenko, by his choking skills.
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Their Slam history is very similar, yep. When it comes to Slams, both are underachievers. Nalbandian was let down mostly by his lack of fitness, and Davydenko, by his choking skills.
Davy very unfortunate to face Fed three times in slam semis though he clearly choked against Fed in 07 French. Best chance was against Puerta the doper but that tournament was Davy's break through.
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at least nalby has a semi-slam
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My 2 favourite players.

I'm going to say its EVEN... Davydenko's consistency and Nalbandian's talent... evens it out.

Both could be "better" players...
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Down the road they both be forgotten except to the biggest die hard fans, but Nalbaandian's accomplishments are greater/
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Nalbandian.
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Default Re: Who will be considered as a better player: Davydenko vs Nalbandian

The whale Nalbandian spent about 40-45 weeks as top 5 , otoh Davydenko was almost a permanent resident inside the top 5 during his prime

If you question is who's the most overrated player in the decade , I vote Nalbi
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Davydenko won't be considered a better player in the future, but he probably is.
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Nalbandian has the bigger titles, and he has beaten the top players more than once. If anything, the top guns rather play Davydenko ranked #5 than Nalbandian #29348. Davydenko maximized his talent and for him to accomplish all he has is no small feat. Nalbandian barely tapped into his immense potential and accomplished far less than he should have.

While the more gifted player is Nalbo, Davydenko is the better player simply because he's been able to maintain his consistency and take full advantage of his opportunities. It truly pains me to say this as David is one of my fave players and I can't stand Davydenko.

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Nalbandian has won the better titles overall.

Whoever said the PMK hasn't maximised his talent, well name me a cleaner ball striker.
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Interesting question, this.

One player who maximized his potential and one player who never came close to doing that.

It all depends on what one considers to be more important over the course of a career. Overall consistency? Length of time in the top 5? Many MM titles vs. a few TMS wins? Slam results? Record against the best players?

I'm biased, so I think Nalbandian will end up being known as the better player when its all said and done, and I still think he's got a slam in him.

Not so much for the PMK.
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