David Nalbandian has extended his career best winning streak, now at 11 consecutive wins, after defeating Swede Robin Soderling 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The Argentine was playing so well that he was rapidly changing the direction of play on difficult shots and when he missed it was only out by the smallest of margins.
After losing the first set Nalbandian came charging back, leaving Soderling bemused and at a loss for an answer after the former world number 3 would produce down the line winners from nowhere. Nalbandian put on a seamless display of tennis in the third set, dismantling Soderling’s game with his incredible power an accuracy.
Robin, a consistent top performer this season, didn’t seem to have any answers, even with his ability to produce incredible shots at end of range. An incredible down the line backhand thumped by Nalbandian brought up match point as he once again showed his ability to produce incredible shots at difficult moments. He followed it up with another brilliant backhand return that wrong footed Soderling and forced hm to push a ball wide.
“I think it’s a good victory for me. This match as a different category than a player from last week or even David Ferrer this week. But I’m feeling good. I felt good today. In the beginning I had chances and couldn’t take it. And then I played very good and I’m going to try and keep going. I’ve been out a long time on the circuit and I’m really enjoying this time now.
I just think like I get a long break. That makes me think like I have three or four more years to play at a good level. That stop made me think about that and gave me more motivation to come and play and enjoy and work at my last few years on the tour.”
Nalbandian was pleased with his performance, drawing a smiling face with a tongue poking out on the camera after the match. He will now face Andy Murray who played a topsy-turvy match against Gael Monfils, losing the second set 0-6 before coming back to claim the match.