Paris Flashback: Roger Federer loses in straight sets to David Nalbandian



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Paris Flashback: Roger Federer loses in straight sets to David Nalbandian

Roger Federer was one of the best players on an indoor court ever since he stepped at the ATP Tour. Nonetheless, the Swiss was yet to make a notable result at the Paris Masters in the first five trips to the French capital, reaching only two quarter-finals between 2000-07.

After skipping the season's last Masters 1000 event for three straight years, Roger returned to Paris in 2007, seeking the title as world no. 1 and the winner of seven ATP titles earlier that year. In his first Paris Bercy matches since 2003, Roger defeated Ivo Karlovic in three sets and battled against David Nalbandian for a place in the quarters.

The Argentine entered his third Paris Masters tournament and produced the first notable run, beating Roger 6-4, 7-6 in an hour and 42 minutes to enter the last eight. David toppled Roger in Madrid and scored another victory against the world's leading player under a roof, ousting the Swiss for the eighth time from 16 encounters.

Nalbandian claimed four points more than Federer, serving at only 50% and suffering two breaks. The Argentine had 28 winners and 25 unforced errors, seizing 24 return points and converting them into three breaks to prevail in the decisive moments and end Roger's journey.

Federer held at love in the opening game and reached two deuces on the return in the next one. David grabbed that game to add his name on the scoreboard and secured a break a few minutes later when Roger played a loose forehand.

In game six, Nalbandian landed an ace to confirm the advantage and fired another service winner to open a 4-2 gap.

In 2007, David Nalbandian scored the second straight victory over Roger Federer.

With momentum on his side, the Argentine landed a forehand crosscourt winner to clinch another break in game seven.

Federer saved a set point in the next one and pulled one break back after Nalbandian's forehand mistake, holding at love and reducing the deficit to 4-5. The Argentine closed the opener in game ten with a forehand crosscourt winner and gathered a boost ahead of set number two.

Both players served well in set number two, and Federer opened a 4-3 advantage with a service winner. David survived deuces and forced Roger's error to level the score at 4-4 before increasing the pace on the return and earning a break at love that pushed him a game away from the win.

Ready to fight until the end, Federer pulled the break back in the last moment to extend his chances, playing well and creating a set point on the return at 6-5. Nalbandian saved it with a volley winner and closed the game with a service winner to introduce a tie break and gain a boost.

The Argentine opened a 4-2 lead with another powerful serve and earned two match points following a couple of wild forehands from the Swiss. David sealed the deal by serving at 6-3 thanks to another forehand error from world no. 1, beating Federer at the second straight Masters 1000 event and remaining in the title chase.