Nalbandian Movie Rating: four / 5
Nalbandian Movie Score: / five
David Nalbandian’s countryman, Juan Martin Del Potro, had an absolutely fantastic time in the last season. He won more than 75% of the matches that he featured in and at the end of the season; he was in top 5 in the world rankings. However, one thing that the Argentinean superstar didn’t manage to do during the season was winning a major tournament. He went close to doing that at All England Club, but, he didn’t succeed eventually.
Del Potro has so far won just one Grand Slam in his career. He had done that at Flushing Meadows 4 years back by beating one of the all time greats Roger Federer in the final.
Del Potro’s performance in the major tournaments in the last couple of seasons has not been encouraging at all and on most of the occasions, it’s Federer who has knocked him out of those tournaments. The Argentinean player has faced Federer 15 times in the major tournaments till now and has ended up being defeated 12 times.
However, Federer is approaching the end of his career now and the one guy who would welcome this news big time is Del Potro.
There is plenty of tennis still left in Del Potro. He is just in his mid twenties at the moment. So, it’s not that the time is running out for him. But, he needs to learn a few things and the first and the most important of them all is how to play during the big matches.
Del Potro can surely get better of any player in this world on his day. If he just manages to improve himself a bit temperamentally, he will certainly have some more Grand Slam titles under his belt in a few years’ time.
David Nalbandian’s countryman, Juan Martin Del Potro, has been defeated by the Swiss superstar Roger Federer in a Group B match of the ongoing ATP World Tour Finals. Federer won the match in three sets by 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.
With this win, Federer has reached the semi final round where he will face his arch rival Rafael Nadal.
Federer had lost his last 3 matches against Del Potro and he seemed to be on his way of losing another one against his Argentinean rival as he lost the first set, but, he re-gathered his focus after that and came on top in the next two sets to win the contest.
Overall, it was the 20th match between these two players and Federer defeated Del Potro for the 15th time.
Talking to the reporters in the post match interview, Federer said, “I wasn’t fluent, but, I tried to hang in there and I am delighted that I ended up winning. Probably, luck also favoured me on a few occasions.”
“I don’t have enough time to rest. There is another game for me tomorrow. Hopefully, I continue in the same way and make things tough for Rafa.”
Federer’s start against Del Potro was horrible. He lost his serve in the very first game of the opening set. The next 3 games went with the serve and then, in the 5th game, Federer’s serve was broken again. Now, to recover from there was not easy at all for the Swiss maestro. He did get a breakthrough in the 8th game and managed to reduce Del Potro’s lead to 5-3, but, that was not enough. He needed one more breakthrough which he didn’t get and Del Potro held his serve in the 10th game to finish off the set.
Federer began poorly in the second set as well. He dropped his serve in the 3rd game and got down by 1-2, but, he broke back in the 6th game to level the scores. There were no breakthroughs in the next 6 games and the set went into the tie breaker.
In the tie breaker, Federer was the dominant player. He had no problems whatsoever in pulling that off.
Federer seemed to be losing his focus in the decider as he lost the first 3 games in a row. But, he managed to equalize the proceedings with a breakthrough in the 5th game and a serve hold in the 6th game.
Both the players held their serve in the next 4 games and then, in the 11th game, the Swiss maestro got another breakthrough which took him ahead by 6-5. He served out the next game and with that, he secured his entry into the next round.