After his semifinal performance yesterday there were few who thought Rafa Nadal, who said his knee pain had been worse, would beat David Nalbandian and claim the Brasil title. There were even fewer who thought he would beat Nalbandian comfortably.
Nadal cruised to victory in his second tournament back since a 7 month injury time out, winning 6-2, 6-3.
Nadal, who last won the Brasil tournament in 2005 was understandably delighted with the result. Read more
Anyone who thinks two finals in two weeks means that Rafa Nadal is close to his normal form is delusional or not watching carefully.
Nadal, ignoring the tennis, seems currently to be deprived of one of his greatest gifts – his ferocious focus and intensity. He simply seems like a flat version of himself.
Sure this one legged (to say he has two functioning legs is a stretch) version of the Spaniard is still winning and making finals but he’s got nothing on the King of Clay he used to be and it seems to be finding Rafa a long time to get in touch with that person. Read more
As per ATP rules David Nalbandian defaulted during his Queens finals match against Marin Cilic after he kicked an advertisement sign at the feet of the lines person injuring the official. Nalbandian was clearly not taking his rage out on the lines person but the target of his rage – the sign – was so close to the man that his shin was left bleeding. Read more
I think it’s safe to say that even though we’re only just into the first day of the second week that this has been the strangest Australian Open ever.
There have been a significant number of injuries on both the men’s and women’s side but at the time of writing there had been an incredible 8 retirements and 1 withdrawal on the men’s side alone.
Rafael Nadal injured his knee getting up from a chair but played on. Kim Clijsters re-sprained her troublesome ankle but played on. Li Na seemed to be the kiss of death for ankles knocking both Anabel Medina Garrigeus and Kim Clijsters to the ground in the early stages of their first set. Read more
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While the tennis world is up in arms over the $8,000 fine handed to David Nalbandian for supposedly pouring water on an official the Argentine has released a statement flatly denying the charges. Nalbandian says that after a drug test he was washing his hands and some water splashed onto the official and that he intends to fight the fine.
Nalbandian took to Twitter to deny the charges.
“I fully deny throwing water after the match I played against Isner. Read more
Argentine David Nalbandian was fined a whopping $8, 000 for throwing water on a staff member at the Australian Open – a huge fine considering that he was treated so unfairly by an umpire during his five set match with Isner.
The fine seems even more excessive when Marcos Baghdatis was fined only $800 for smashing four rackets in a less than a minute and the maximum fine for racket abuse is $2, 000. Read more
It was 8-8 in the fifth set and David Nalbandian and John Isner had been doing battle for over four and a half hours leaving minimal hope that either player will still be walking tomorrow let alone playing well against Feliciano Lopez on Friday.
Isner was serving at 30-40 and Nalbandian looked like he might break when French umpire Kader Nouni stepped in and ruined a brilliant match. Isner served down the middle and the ball was called long by the linesperson but Nouni overruled. A confused Nalbandian took a moment to register, the crowd screaming loudly, and requested a challenge.
This is where is all went wrong. Read more
Photos are slowly emerging from the Australian Open players party. It looks like David Nalbandian was having a great time and Bernard Tomic seems to have found himself a date. Read more
This years Australian Open is a tough one to call, mostly because there are a few niggling injuries in the top 15 and quite a few who are yet to show form that warrants their high ranking.
Then there are a few variables.
Sam Querrey is returning after a lengthy and serious injury time out but according to American insiders is playing well. David Nalbandian is always dangerous and overflowing with potential but always seems to come up short or injured, much like Lleyton Hewitt. Read more
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David Nalbandian is one of the most motivated Davis Cup players in the history of tennis. He has played through painful injuries including a hernia to give Argentina hope such is his sense of national pride and so it was no surprise that the famous Argentine was pumped up for his doubles rubber with Eduardo Schwank against the Spaniards most famous pretty boys Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco.
With the Spaniards leading the final 2-0 it was a must win rubber for the Argentines who got the job done 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. Read more