David Nalbandian

David Pablo Nalbandian ( born January 1, 1982 in Unquillo, a suburb of Córdoba ) is a former Argentine tennis player. Nalbandian won in singles, including winning the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai in 2005 in his professional career eleven tournaments. The years 2003 to 2007 could finish the Argentines under each of the ten best players in the world tennis rankings, with his personal best was the third place ranking, he reached for the first time in March 2006.

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Nalbandian is the son of an Armenian father and an Italian mother. He is married and since end of May 2013 a daughter.

Tennis career


Nalbandian was one of the most successful junior player in 1998 and 1999. Way he could win the junior title of the U.S. Open and to win some more prestigious junior title in both the singles and the doubles in the 1998 season. The following year, the junior doubles title at Wimbledon, and the semi-finals followed in singles, where he missed the game because of a Schedule - misunderstanding. In both years, Nalbandian had already, before he took appearances on the Challenger and Futures tournament series in 2000, the jump to the professional tour. His first professional season ended Nalbandian after two semi-final appearances at the Challenger Tour among the top 300 players in the world rankings. 2001, the jump was followed by the top 50 players in the world, largely driven by two Challenger tournament victories, his first ATP final in Palermo and two semi-finals in tournaments this category. In Estoril Argentina won the following year the first ATP tournament of his career and at the Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon Nalbandian attained at the professional tournament debut on the hallowed turf of Wimbledon final, where he was Lleyton Hewitt, however, clearly inferior. Later in the second tournament victory in Basel followed.


2003 Nalbandian reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and played by consistent results during the season in the top ten in the world rankings before. At the U.S. Open he reached the semifinals, where he failed to score a match against American Andy Roddick and the game still lost. Due to some injuries, he could end of the season deny only a few tournaments, but qualified for the first time for the final season Tennis Masters Cup. 2004 reached Nalbandian turn the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and the semifinals of the French Open. A total of three tournament finals he reached this season (two of the Masters Series category) but was beaten in all finals. Also, due to several injuries Nalbandian slipped compared to last year a place to position 9 in the final world ranking list.


2005 the Argentines in Munich succeeded after two and a half years, the first time a tournament success. In three of the four Grand Slam tournaments Nalbandian could reach the quarter-finals and participation in the Masters Cup through injury several refusals better ranked player it was made possible. Here he won two preliminary round matches and came to the finals of the tournament before, where he was able to defeat the two-time defending champion and world number one Roger Federer for a 0-2 record behind to to retract the biggest success of his tennis career.


The 2006 season began for Nalbandian to the semi-finals at the Australian Open, where he still missed the second Grand Slam finals in his career, despite clear guidance. Nalbandian is so beside Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray is one of five active players who were able to achieve at least once in their career at all four Grand Slam tournaments, the semi-finals. After the leap to number 3 in the world rankings in the following months Nalbandian was able to win against Nikolay Davydenko his first season title in early May in Estoril. In June 2006, another semi-final followed at a Grand Slam tournament, but had to be Argentina's match at the French Open against Roger Federer give up when the score was 6:3 4:6 2:5 because of a stomach muscle and missed a further opportunity to a second final participation in a tennis tournament in the highest category. In the following weeks and months Nalbandian was also due to his health problems no longer in the early form of the season and could return since the French Open just a game record of 11 wins 8 losses have at the time. Under these defeats were, among other things, a third- round loss to Fernando Verdasco at Wimbledon, and the Zweitrundenaus against Marat Safin at the U.S. Open. In the ATP Champions Race handed seventh place yet for a renewed participation in the Tennis Masters Cup, where he again the semi-finals reached despite two first round defeats, the Americans James Blake was there but clearly inferior and finished the season ranked 8th in the world rankings.


The 2007 season began for Nalbandian with a second round at the Australian Open, where he was, however, relatively clear in 4 sets failed to Tommy Haas. He also reached the second round at the ATP Masters Series Indian Wells tournament and the quarter-finals in Barcelona. At the French Open Nalbandian difference in 4 sets against Nikolay Davydenko. After Nalbandian fell into a deep form and managed to October, no significant results. At Wimbledon and at the U.S. Open, he failed each in the 3rd round. In October, he was surprisingly win the Masters tournament in Madrid with a 1:6, 6:3, 6:3 final victory over Roger Federer. On the way to win the tournament, he was able to defeat the number 2 and 3 in the world ranking, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Two weeks later he arrived at the Masters in Paris again the final, where he beat this time the world number two Nadal in the final. On the way to the finals he had just again defeated the world number one Federer. With the two tournament victories ( in which he hit a total of 6 top ten players in a row ) finished Nalbandian for the fifth consecutive year, a season in the top ten in the world rankings, although he was out in 25th place before the start of the Masters in Madrid.


At the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2008 season Nalbandian failed in the third round before in February he could claim his eighth career title overall in Buenos Aires. When hard court tournament in Indian Wells, he was able to reach at least the semi-finals after several tight games. After a rather below-average clay court season Nalbandian lost at the French Open in the second round against Jeremy Chardy surprisingly after a 2-0 set lead. After this setback Nalbandian reached the semifinals, where he was but a chance against Novak Djokovic after all, the warm-up tournament for Wimbledon in London's Queen's Club. Despite this defeat, it was already excited to see what can show Nalbandian at Wimbledon because he similar to fast surfaces such as grass was very successful last year. However, the finalist of 2002 had surprisingly no chance against the little-known Canadian Frank Dancevic. This was the first time that Nalbandian in round 1 at Wimbledon as a loser walked off. The negative trend in the Grand Slams is thus made up for Nalbandian continued. His last acceptable for him result was reaching the semifinals at the French Open in 2006. According Wimbledon Nalbandian had to take a break due to injury and was only able to compete in the Olympics again. He thus missed the two Masters Series tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati and therefore approached without preparation in Beijing. After an easy win against the unknown Chinese Shaoxuan Zeng and a win against the Chilean defending champion Nicolás Massú, Nalbandian lost in the second round against the French shooting star Gaël Monfils 4:6, 4:6. His subsequent performance in the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, the U.S. Open, was no more successful than his last Grand Slam tournaments. He reached the third round this time, he again failed in this against Gael Monfils 3:6, 4:6, 2:6. In October Nalbandian came like in the previous year in the form and could with the victory of the ATP Tournament in Stockholm (Finale: 6:2, 5:7, 6:3 against Robin Soderling ) show. During the subsequent Masters Series tournament in Madrid Nalbandian could not defend his title because he lost in the second round against his compatriot Juan Martin Del Potro. His revenge Nalbandian took a week later when he beat Del Potro in the semifinals of the ATP tournament in Basel and thus moved into the finals, but he lost to a superior on this day Roger Federer. Through its strong results in October Nalbandian had the chance to qualify for the Masters in Paris Bercy for the Masters Cup in Shanghai. However, he would have to win the tournament, which he almost did not succeed because he was defeated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final with 3:6, 6:4, 4:6. This defeat led to the fact that Nalbandian for the first time classified since 2003 at the end of the season outside the top 10.


After a disappointing Nalbandian for 2008, 2009 began for him very promising. He was right at the start to win the ATP tournament ( 250 series) of Sydney, where he defeated Jarkko Nieminen in the finals. As the tournament of Sydney took place only a week before the Australian Open, and, moreover, on the same hard court surface ( Plexicushion ), were highly Nalbandians expectations for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. Nalbandians misery at the Grand Slam tournaments held, however. He already lost in round two against the fairly unknown Taiwanese Yen -Hsun Lu in five sets 4:6, 7:5, 6:4, 4:6, 2:6, after it looked like the third set as if his Nalbandian control opponents. After his first round defeat against the Chilean Paul Capdeville in Estoril on May 3, 2009, he decided to create a hip surgery and only returned in February 2010 back to the tour.


In the 2010 season, he reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in Buenos Aires on his comeback. Later in the season he was able to reach the quarter- finals of the Masters tournament in Monte Carlo. At 500 Tournament in Washington he could celebrate his first tournament victory since one and a half years in August 2010. In the final he beat Marcos Baghdatis and underwent a total of 11 career titles in the world ranking jumped by more than 70 positions to 45th place


At the final round of the AEGON Championships 2012 Queen's Club in the men's singles against the Croats Marin Cilic joined Nalbandian after losing a rally at a score of 7:6 (7:3), 3:4 against an advertising board and injured the seated behind linesman Andrew McDougall as heavy that it had to be treated for a bleeding wound on his shin in the hospital. The chair umpire then broke with regard to the ATP rules the game and declared Čilić the winner. Nalbandian also lost the prize money of 36,500 pounds and 150 world ranking points and was sentenced to the maximum penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct of 10,000 euros, and he also was displayed for assault. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London Nalbandian went to both single and double. He was defeated in the opening round of the individual competition the Serb Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets. In doubles, he lost at the side of Eduardo Schwank against the French Michaël Llodra and Jo -Wilfried Tsonga 3:6, 5:7.


In the first half of the 2013 season Nalbandian played only in the South American tournament in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Acapulco, as well as at the Masters in Indian Wells and Miami in the United States. In São Paulo, he reached the final against Rafael Nadal, but he was defeated in three sets.

Because of injuries, he had to refrain from further tournaments. His last match he played end in March 2013 as part of the Miami Masters in 2013 against Jarkko Nieminen. Nalbandian published on August 7, 2013 in a press release that his shoulder and hip surgery, which he had undergone in May, had gone with success and he slowly begin exercising. On 1 October 2013, was in Buenos Aires due to its persistent injury problems end of his career known.

Davis Cup

Nalbandian is a regular member of the Argentine Davis Cup team and can boast a 20:6 balance from a total of 12 games. The first of three previous singles defeats of his career resulted from his Davis Cup debut in the season of 2002, when Argentina defeated the Russian team in the semifinals of the competition. Since the 2003 season Nalbandian is a fixture in the team and has since been nominated for every encounter in his country and could only twice, not participate due to injury, at the Davis Cup encounters. So he had the semi-final duel in 2003 against the Spanish team (Argentina lost with 2:3 ) to cancel, after leading his country to a 4-0 balance up to this stage of the competition. In 2004 he had an encounter to cancel due to injury, Argentina defeated Belarus in the quarter-finals with 0:5. 2005 Nalbandian finally became a leading player in the Argentine team after in Australia, he scored all three victory points in the quarter-finals on turf and his country thus led to the semifinals of the competition within four years for the third time. The finals missed the team then against Slovakia, Nalbandian took in his singles match the single point for his country.

2006 Argentina won the first round of the season with a 5-0 win over Sweden. In the quarter- final against defending champion Croatia Nalbandian had indeed the second single defeat of his career to accept, but still led the team with his victories in the first singles and doubles again the semi-finals. There he defeated in single Mark Philippoussis of Australia and in doubles with his compatriot Agustín Calleri the Australian double team with Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley. Overall, Argentina defeated opponents from Australia 5-0 and drew for the first time since 1981, the finals of the competition, where the team took against Russia. In the final, Nalbandian won his two singles matches against Marat Safin and Nikolay Davydenko, the match was total but with 2:3 to Russia. In the 2007 season Nalbandian took only part in the quarter-final match against Sweden, where he lost his first singles match against Thomas Johansson and Argentina clearly defeated at the end with 1:4. In 2008, he reached the World Group final with Argentina in which Argentina however lost with 1:3. Nalbandian won a singles match against David Ferrer, but lost in the doubles side of Agustín Calleri against Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco. 2010 won Nalbandian of Argentina 3-2 against Sweden in both the singles match against Andreas Vinciguerra as well as the double on the side of Horacio Zeballos against Robert Lindstedt and Robin Soderling. 2011 played Nalbandian in the first round and the semi-finals each have a single, he could also win in the finals he won with Eduardo Schwank the double ( the only victory in the final, which Spain could clearly decide for themselves ). 2012 Nalbandian played in the first and second rounds respectively the double with Eduardo Schwank and one single, of which he won the double and single in the first round.

Tournament successes