Thirteen years back, David Nalbandian had faced a certain Roger Federer on the Monte Carlo tennis court.
The Argentinean was in his prime at that point in time and it proved to be too easy a ride for him.
The match was over in straight sets with Federer being able to win only 3 games.
The youngster (obviously Federer was a youngster back then) was annihilated to say the least.
But, Nalbandian felt that the guy that he beat had something about him.
He even said that in his post match interview that this young man (Federer) would go a long way.
Since that day, Federer went from strength to strength. Soon, he was winning titles all over and ruling the world.
Not only did he avenge that Monte Carlo loss against Nalbandian, he defeated him many times thereafter.
Even the last match that Nalbandian played in the professional arena, it was against Federer only at the All England Club and in that match too, it was the Swiss maestro who had emerged as the winner.
Now, when Federer has spent almost one and half decades on the tour and has got almost everything that a player dreams for, Nalbandian believes he can easily be called the all time greatest as far as tennis is concerned.
Speaking about Federer yesterday, Nalbandian said, “There was only one trophy that was not there in his CV and recently, he won that too, it’s Davis Cup I am talking about. I don’t think our game has seen a better player than him.”
When asked to compare Federer with other sportspersons, Nalbandian said, “Well, I am often asked this question. It’s not something appropriate to do I reckon. People from different sports cannot be compared.”
“But, you have got to note one thing that Federer has achieved such big things individually. He hasn’t played the team sport. So, that’s where he stands slightly ahead of the other sportspersons, to be consistent for so long and to do it all alone, it requires some serious talent and composure.”