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Following an impressive run during the Indian Wells and Miami Open, Rogers Federer has gone on to claim the opening two Masters 1000 titles. This would make it the first time since 2006 he achieved this feat.

In lieu of this, the Swiss tennis star has busted through some serious records, and has now become the oldest player to win this series at the age of 35 years and 7 months.

Before this, Andre Agassi held the record as the oldest winner of the Masters 1000 title when in 2004 in Cincinnati, he lifted the trophy at the age of 34 years and 3 months.

It took another 11 years for anyone to get close to the feat posted by Agassi. It was achieved by Federer who went on just after his 34th birthday to conquer Cincinnati.

This season has seen Federer raise the bar quite higher and it could take more than a decade for anyone to surpass or even match this feat. Read more »


Argentina have taken a commanding lead of their Davis cup tie, with the score currently standing at 2 – 1. The Argentineans’ are up against Croatia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals and are looking to improve on their performance last year.

The lead can largely be attributed to the hard work of team captain David Nalbandian who has played two five hour games in the last two days and has maged to secure victories in both of them. The South American tennis giant teamed up with fellow countrymen Eduardo Schwank to win the doubles match of the tie and secure the 2 -1 lead.

The doubles match was a marathon affair with the momentum shifting throughout the game. The Croatians managed to win the first set with relative ease six games to three. The south American’s then rallied to win the second in a tie breaker before also losing the third 6 games to three.

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Juan Martin Del Potro and David Nalbandian will be a part of the Argentina Davis Cup team that will take on Croatia in the Quarter Final stages of the Elite Group on the 6th of April. Nalbandian, who missed much of the previous season due to an injury, is looking to get back to playing his best tennis that won him worldwide acclaim when he was a regular feature in the top ten of the ATP rankings in the middle of the 2000s. He also reached the Final of Wimbledon, only to lose to a brilliant Roger Federer and since faded away almost into oblivion but now it seems that he is back and he is back to his best.

Captain Martin Jaite has picked a star studded team for the Davis Cup which goes to show that the entire team is serious about winning the tie and advancing in an attempt to win their first ever Davis Cup crown. When asked why then, was David Nalbandian picked, Jaite replied that he has shown glimpses of the tennis that he played almost five or six years back and it would be unjust to leave him back home when was in such good form.

Having fallen out of the top fifty in the recent ATP rankings, Nalbandian will try and use the Davis Cup to rebuild his game and confidence so that he can climb up the ratings starting with the clay court season next month and as a result, he is trying to get as many matches under his belt as possible and has also been lined up as the partner of Eduardo Schwank in the doubles.

Whether it helps David Nalbandian get back to his prime is another debate but at the moment, he is happy being in the good books of Jaite.


Argentine tennis ace David Nalbandian believes that Argentina have a good chance of winning the Davis Cup this year, with several home ties coming their way and they must take advantage of the draw by making it count and win their long awaited first Davis Cup title.

Having been runners up four times in their history, three of them coming on or after 2006 in 2006, 2008 and 2011, the Argentine ace believes that this might as well be the year that they take the title home, after playing in it for 56 years without success.

Nalbandian, Martin Jaite, who will take over the responsibilities as captain of the team after the resignation of Modesto Tito Vasquez in the aftermath of the loss to Spain in the last final, Juan Ignacio Chela and Juan Monaco are all in Germany to take on the home nation in their first round tie over the weekend and David Nalbandian is confident that they have the team to win the tie quite easily.

Speaking about his own form and fitness ahead of the tie, Nalbandian said that he had been training hard after taking rest for a couple of days after his return from Australia and he hopes that he is in perfect condition for the tie. Nalbandian also commented how the new captain of the team, Martin Jaite, who was a popular player during his playing days, has been welcomed into the side by the players, who immediately took a liking to him.

David Nalbandian also believes that owing to the scheduling of the Davis Cup and the Olympic Games this year, many of the bigger teams will easily fall at the shortest of hurdles and this gives Argentina a decent chance to win their first title at the 57th time of asking.


David Nalbandian, formerly ranked no. 3, is all set to be Argentina’s leading player in the Davis Cup. Argentina was last year’s finalist, and they go to Germany this year to play in the first round.

The former world no. 3 will be heading the Argentinian team because their star player, Juan Del Potro will be unable to play in the Davis Cup. The Davis Cup team used to be headed by Modesto Vazquez, but he was replaced by Martin Jaite after the former’s team lost to Spain in Sevilla in December, 2011.

When the team was being announced, Martin Jaite also named Eduardo Schwank, Juan Monaco and Juan Ignacio Chela. The absence of their star player, Juan Del Potro, was ascribed to the fact that a clay tournament early in the season might affect the rest of the year.

David Nalbandian is one of the most experienced players in the Argentinian side, having led the team to three finals since 2006.

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