Former Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian admitted he had no answer for Roger Federer at the start of the 2007 Madrid final, but was glad he was able to find a way to turn the match around after a slow start. Federer started the 2007 Madrid final strongly, winning the first set 6-1.
Nalbandian, a former World No. 3, recovered from a set down and beat Federer 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to claim his first and only title in Madrid. "It was another unbelievable match. I think I lost the first set (6-1) and then I started to play better.
He played very well at the beginning. I didn't find a way to turn that match around, but eventually I did," he said. Nalbandian on ATP Tennis Radio, according to Sportskeeda. Nalbandian has faced Federer 19 times and actually had a pretty decent record against the Swiss.
Nalbandian lost 11 of those 19 meetings, but beating Federer eight times is a great stat. "I always think that I can beat Federer because we always played from minors. So every time he came out on the court, he knew that he (would have) a lot of chances.
He also knew that he didn't like playing against me. They both know it's going to be a very tough game. They both know that the one who plays better will win. I don't respect Roger Federer like everyone else because we've been playing since we were juniors.
We don't have that respect. And that's a big plus for me," added Nalbandian. Nalbandian, 40, retired in 2013. Federer, 40, is still active on the Tour. Nalbandian says that the fact that Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still active is a positive for the game.
Rogers praises King Federer
Shelby Rogers recently appeared on the Tennis Channel's Warm and Fuzzy show, where she had her say on a range of fun topics. "Can I be trapped in an elevator with Roger Federer?" she questioned.
"It would be cool to learn from him I think. Someone interesting that has had a long career. That's who I want to be stuck in an elevator with." When asked what "warm and fuzzy" place she goes to when faced with adversity on the court, Rogers said she liked to use the acronym WIN that stood for "What's Important Now".
"So, if I have a lot of thoughts coming in and things are distracting me what are the one or two things right now that are important," she said.