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
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, Spain’s top two, have given Spain a 2-0 lead against Argetina in the Davis Cup finals. First came Spain’s golden child, Nadal, who needed almost two and a half hours to beat good friend Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.
Next up was Ferrer who did what he does best and played a grinding match for almost five hours against Juan Martin del Potro ultimately winning 6-2, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Read more
With the Davis Cup finals between Argentina and Spain just around the corner some of the worlds best tennis players have descended upon Seville to prepare for the final.
The two teams checked out the new stadium and Rafael Nadal, Spain’s number one, was clearly happy to see the Argentines, particularly Juan Monaco. Nadal gave good friend Pico a cheeky butt pinch before also embracing David Nalbandian. Read more
Rafael Nadal booked his place in the fourth round of the US Open with his 7-6, 6-1, 7-5 victory over David Nalbandian. It was a more confident sharp performance from the Spanish world number two but the aftermath of the effort saw him cramping in agony in his post match press conference.
The tightly contested first set saw Rafa claw his way back after he was broken and trailing 2-3. Nalbandian was cracking brilliant winners around the court but Nadal was the more consistent of the two and, seemingly more confident than in previous rounds, used his forehand down the line to great effect. Read more
It was only yesterday Novak Djokovic was saying Tomas Berdych’s shoulder injury was more serious than his own. Now Nole has been forced to retire from the Cincinnati finals because of his shoulder allowing Andy Murray, who was leading 6-4, 3-0, to lift the trophy, ending Djokovic’s unbeaten run in tour finals this year.
It is the second title of the year for Murray and also his second in Cincinnati and the world number four as delighted with his change in fortunes after disappointment at the Rogers Cup. “It was really a good week after I struggled last week. I didn’t drop a set and beat some very good players from pretty much the first round onwards. Against Nalbandian who I started off against it was tough, and then Mardy was playing really good tennis going into the semis. Read more
With injured David Nalbandian supporting his team on the sidelines, Argentina has moved into the semifinals of Davis Cup after defeating Kazahkstan 3-0. After two singles victories Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank secured the doubles match 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 against Yuri Schukin and Evgeny Korolev. Read more
Juan Martin del Potro and Juan Monaco have given Argentina a commanding 2-0 lead over Kazakhstan. Monaco took Golubev out 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 in cool conditions while Delpo crushed Kukushkin 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. It was a triumphant return for Juan Martin who hasn’t played a Davis Cup match in two years after extensive injury issues.
The return of Delpo hugely strengthens Argentina’s quest for the Davis Cup, particularly with David Nalbandian struggling with an adductor (groin) injury and a haematoma from his hernia surgery from the last Davis Cup tie. Read more
After struggling with a hernia and a hamstring tear earlier in the year during Davis Cup that took some months to recover from, David Nalbandian has been dealt another blow. Apparently not only is the Argentine suffering from an adductor (groin) injury that bothered him in his Wimbledon match against Roger Federer but the out of luck aging player also apparently has a haematoma.
Apparently the haematomia is very visible and associated with his abdominal hernia operation.
After a dramatic first day of play, Argentinians Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank defeated Victor Hanescu and Horia Tecau 6-2, 7-6, 6-1 in the doubles rubber giving Argentina an unbeatable 3-0 lead. The new Davis Cup rule mean that the players will now only play one of the two dead rubber singles matches. Read more