David Nalbandian was world No. 8 at the start of the 2007 season, reaching the quarter-finals in October and dropping out of the top 20 after Roland Garros. Failing to advance to the Major quarter-finals for the first time in six years and claim fewer than 20 ATP victories, David traveled to Madrid eager to turn the tables and show his best game.
The Argentine had lost six of the last 11 meetings to Madrid, and he changed all that in the Spanish capital to win the first Masters 1000 crown! Nalbandian always loved competing in this indoor event, advancing to the title match in 2004 and reaching the semifinals in 2005 and 2006.
In that last campaign, Roger Federer knocked him down 6-4, 6-0 and Nalbandian was determined to avenge that loss. David defeated Roger 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 49 minutes on October 21 for the first notable title after the 2005 Masters Cup, where he defeated Federer in a thrilling duel.
David wrote the story in Madrid, prevailing against Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in consecutive matches to follow Boris Becker (Stockholm 1994) and Novak Djokovic (Canada 2007) and score victories over the three best players in the world in the same event.
. Nalbandian lost just three sets in the quarterfinals to Rafael Nadal before beating Novak Djokovic in the semifinal and completing a perfect week with that win over Roger for the sixth win against a great rival in 14 games.
It was a very close battle, with 78 points winning and facing five break point opportunities. Nalbandian fended off three of those and took advantage of three breaks to cross the finish line first after overcoming a slow start.
Federer released a statement
Former World No. 1 player Roger Federer has been on the sidelines for most of the 2021 season. As he has grown older, the injuries have begun to trouble the 40-year-old player. The 8-time Wimbledon Champion stated, “For now I am a happy father and I appreciate the fact that I can go back to driving a car.
I hope to continue playing, perhaps in the future also as a television commentator. Why not, also on Sky Italia, like Ljubicic who I see now live”. The Swiss maestro is glad that after his third knee surgery, he can finally get back to driving, which is something he has not done in a while.
He also wouldn’t mind becoming a pundit and providing his inputs. Coming to tennis, Federer did not feature in the Australian Open and was seen at the French Open. He won his first three-round matches but pulled out before the fourth round as he was still lacking match fitness.