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Some facts on Nalbandian’s win at Legg Mason.

Posted by tennisplanet on August 8, 2010

-David Nalbandian arrived at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic ranked 117th after missing about 12 of the past 15 months because of injuries. He needed a wild-card invitation merely to get into the field.

-It’s Nalbandian’s 11th career title, but his first on U.S. soil, and first anywhere in 1 1/2 years. He hadn’t entered a tournament since April, sidelined by a bad left hamstring. Before that, Nalbandian missed nearly 10 months starting in May 2009 because of hip surgery.

-Nalbandian has reached at least the semifinals five times at major championships, and was ranked as high as No. 3. But all of the recent time off, including skipping the past six Grand Slam tournaments, contributed to a slide down the rankings that dropped him to 161st.

-He’s climbing his way up, expected to return to the top 50 on Monday. The unseeded Nalbandian was impressive all week, winning 12 of 13 sets while upsetting four seeded players: No. 4 Marin Cilic, No. 7 Stanislas Wawrinka, No. 13 Gilles Simon, and No. 8 Baghdatis, who lost to Roger Federer in the 2006 Australian Open final.

-He long has been considered one of the game’s top returners and entered Sunday having broken opponents in a tournament-best 59 percent of their service games during the week.

-He broke four of the first seven times Baghdatis served.

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9 Responses to “Some facts on Nalbandian’s win at Legg Mason.”

  1. Jenny said

    Thanks, TP. This is when Nalby’s ranking of #117 doesn’t tell the full story of his talent, in his case it’s just a three digit number. Sometimes wildcards can be controversial and not always justified, although I agree home players should be favoured, but I’m so pleased Nalby was granted one and in turn fans were treated to a tennis fest of pure class and some genius throughout the tourney.

  2. Joy said

    Nalbandian’s got his mojo back! Hope he brings it all the way to the USO for some really great action. Congrats, Jenny!

    • Jenny said

      Thanks, Joy! I’ve been hanging on in there for him for what seems like an eternity, probably because I’m stubborn! I do expect a dip in Toronto, which might be a blessing in disguise, he has a very tough first round opponent in Ferru and if he’s on song and motivated, he will run him ragged, a top returner in three official categories too. Nalby needs to conserve his energy for the US Open and any possible 5 setters.

  3. banti said

    Since coming back from his hamstring injury he’s undefeated! Beating Youzhny, Davydenko and now Cilic, giving him 3 straight wins over top 15 players! And 6 straight wins over top 30 players. He’s lost 1 set in like 8 or 9 matches since his comeback! Dominating the tour people.

  4. Joe said

    Nalbandian is a pleasure to watch when his game is on! He’s very offensive minded an has a hell of a backhand. If he stays in shape he can beat anyone including Fed and Nadal! I can see him winning the US open if he can win alot of his matches in 3 sets.

  5. xeres said

    All I could think while I was watching the semis when he was playing Cilic was a certain TP post where he put up a pic of Cilic and some animal 😀
    Btw Teeps what was that call made by the umpire when he stated that he dint see the ball neither did the linesman..so how many hawkeye challenges can an umpire make on his own ? What’s the rule regarding this ?

  6. jennifur said

    major kudos 4 nalby!

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