Saturday, March 5, 2011

Nalbandia Survives Hernia And Muscle Tear To Help Argentina To 2-0 Lead

Romania has been handily controlled by Argentina in the first day of play in Buenos Aires with the home town hero's taking a 2-0 lead.

It was an emotional David Nalbandian who was most impressive as he limped across the finish line against Adrian Ungur 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. Juan Monaco also stepped up and beat Victor Hanescu 7-6, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.

David was given a standing ovation as he played through a hernia and adductor tear, both extremely painful in their own rights, as he wept, overcome by the pain of his efforts. “I can’t walk a single step. I thought I would be in better shape, but I have felt really bad since the first set. I could finish the match because this is Davis Cup. If it was a tournament from the tour, I would have retired in the second set. But here, I play for my country, with my people supporting me and that is a great motivation."

Somehow David managed to play for over three hours, despite the hernia, earning respect for his (albeit dangerous) efforts. There is no word yet as to whether the Argetine will have to have surgery for the hernia.

“Matches like this are not normal. I’ve never felt that bad. But when you play in Davis Cup for your country, with almost a full stadium, it’s impossible to leave the court. Today, something from inside myself help me to win the match.”

Monaco's win was his first win on home turf in his Davis Cup career.

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