Master 2005: the unexpected triumph of David Nalbandian

For him Masters de 2005today Masters Tournamentthere was only one Argentine classified thanks to the ATP ranking: William Coria. Although finally in Shanghai they ended up playing four.

Gastón Gaudio entered thanks to the Australian’s paternity leave Lleyton Hewitt. Marian Gate entered thanks to Rafael Nadal’s last-minute withdrawal due to injury. And David Nalbandian had a case similar to that of Puerta, although his was unexpected by everyone, even by him.

the year for the king David had finished after falling surprisingly in the Paris Masters 1000 against Tommy Haas. After that defeat, he traveled to his hometown, Quiet, to be with his family and be able to fish. Although he knew that he could enter the Masters because he was a substitute, he did not care and he decided to stay in Córdoba. But the casualties kept happening and each time Nalbandian’s quota was closer. Andy Roddick he dropped out due to a shoulder injury and David’s turn had come.

“I was planning a vacation with the family in southern Argentina. I just wanted to take a vacation. I had said that I was not going to go as a substitute but then they told me that there was a chance to enter so we waited.”, counted. And he added: “André Silva (ATP Tour Manager) called me. I returned to Córdoba on a Thursday and on Monday they confirmed that I was entering. On Tuesday night I traveled to Shanghai, the tournament started on Sunday”.

The unquillense traveled accompanied by his mother, his girlfriend and without a coach, in Asia his kinesiologist and his agent joined him. “The jet lag was very hard. I woke up at 5 am. I wanted to go for breakfast and it was closed. I was going to train early because at the end of the day, as of 5 pm, I was dead. I didn’t want to take a nap because it was worse, it takes longer to get used to it”.

But beyond a debut with defeat against the Swiss Roger Federer his feelings were good. He then managed to beat his compatriot Coria and later Ivan Ljubicic. Thus, he got into the semifinals where he beat the Russian Nikolay Davydenko, to then take revenge against Federer in a five-set match.

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