David Nalbandian was the special guest at the Rafa Nadal Academy. The former world No. 3 was welcomed by Nadal's agent Carlos Costa and coach Carlos Moya, and there he met the 17-time Grand Slam winner himself. In front of more than 100 students, Nalbandian commented on his magical and unexpected 2005 ATP Finals win over Roger Federer, as an alternate.
'Everything was very strange... I was out, I was the ninth or tenth and I was fishing with my friends and family... But ATP called me and I thought, China? It's too far... But well, I go', said Nalbandian. Nalbandian took a 20-year flight and after not playing tennis for five or six days, he headed into Shanghai.
'When I came here I had a very good feeling with the court, the balls, something good could happen.' Nalbandian's campaign did not start too well: 'I lost to Federer in the first match but I did not feel that bad, Federer, the jet lag, it was good feelings...
Then I went day by day, relaxed because I had nothing to lose and the final against Federer was again unbelievable.' Recalling that four-hour match against Federer, Nalbandian added: 'I was down two sets to love, but I told myself that I could have been two sets to love up or tied sets.
The feelings were there... In the third I was leading 5-2, then we took to the tie-break and I knew I would not lose a tie-break for the third time in a match. It was all about the head at that moment.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title