Former world No. 3 David Nalbandian called Roger Federer amazing and revealed he would love the Swiss get back to action. Nalbandian and Federer are from the same generation but one retired a long ago, while other is still active.
Nalbandian, 40, called it a career in 2013. Meanwhile, 40-year-old Federer is recovering from a knee surgery and is planning to make a comeback later this year. Federer wants his retirement to come on a tennis court and not in a press conference.
“Well, two are around. Roger is a bit far away. Everybody is waiting for that. Roger is amazing. It’s always nice to see him playing. How the atmosphere is around. I hope Roger is coming back soon for our sport," Nalbandian said on the ATP Tennis Radio.
Nalbandian recalls beating Federer
At 2007 Madrid, Nalbandian defeated each Big Three member to win the title. After beating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Nalbandian recovered from a set down in the final to beat Federer 1-6 6-3 6-3.
"It was another incredible match. I think I lost the first set (6-1) and then I started playing better. He played very good in the beginning. I didn't find a way to turn around that match, but I made it finally," Nalbandian recalled.
"I always think I can beat Federer because we play juniors all the time. So everytime I went on court, I knew I (would have) a lot of chances. I knew he didn't like to play against me as well. Both know it's going to be a very tough match.
Both know whoever's going to play better will win. I don't respect Roger Federer like everybody else because we played from juniors. We don't have that respect for each other. And that's a huge advantage for me." Nalbandian had a pretty good head-to-head versus Federer as he won eight of their 19 meetings.