David Nalbandian

David Nalbandian was born in Córdoba, on January 1, 1982, and is a tennis coach, rally driver and former Argentine tennis player. In his career he reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slam tournaments, as well as winning the 2005 Tennis Masters Cup. In total he played in 24 finals at ATP level, with 11 victories.

After hanging up his racket, he dedicated himself to rally racing. Since February 2021 he has been the coach of Miomir Kecmanovic.

He made his debut on the junior circuit in September 1997 at the age of 15. In February 1998, at the third attempt, he won his first tournament in a Chilean G2, two weeks later he also won his first doubles tournament. In March he reaches the final of the Asuncion Bowl, a category G1 tournament, and above all in the GA Banana Bowl.

However, he participates in the 2005 Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai due to injuries to Andy Roddick, Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt, and wins the most prestigious trophy of his career; defeated in three sets in the first round-robin match by Federer, he reached the final without losing any set against Guillermo Coria, Ivan Ljubicic and in the semifinal against Nikolay Davydenko.

In the final he finds world No. 1 Federer and after losing the first two sets he imposes himself with a score of 6-7, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6. He becomes the second Argentine to win the tournament after Guillermo Vilas' triumph in Melbourne in 1974.

He claimed that too hard workouts gave him a sense of mental saturation, so he preferred mild workouts and show up on the pitch with a clear mind. Another sacrifice that he didn't accept was to move to the United States or Europe, from where he would have had less stressful logistical conditions to participate in major circuit tournaments. Instead, he chose to continue living in Argentina, taking on many more hours of flight and suffering more from jet lag than his colleagues.