Nalbandian to ever win a Slam title?

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Will Nalbandian ever win a slam title?

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  1. grafrules

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    Will David Nalbandian ever win a Slam title? I think he is superior to Roddick for example who has 1 so in that sense it would be nice if he did. I am not sure if he will though. Funnily enough he probably should have won that U.S Open Roddick one, does anyone remember their semifinal.
     
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  2. obsessedtennisfandisorder

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    Nalbandian is a talented and wonderful player when he doesn't lose it mentally.

    People forget he was leading fed the the french 06 before injury, and had it not been for injury(wrist)i think he definitely would have beaten roddick,

    Some times the draw goes that way...nalby beats scud and fed only to then get a wrist injury 2 sets up to rod.

    Anyway..i was feeling those two losses, especially the loss to Baghdatis in Aussie...really dented the confidence he was building from the MC win before.

    I was starting to think we had another Rios developing...wasted talent.

    But qdos for nalby to getting himself back in shape and beating fed twice.

    Definitely another to watch out in aussie, the surface suits him,

    Mentally is the key,
     
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  3. quest01

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    I think Nalbandian deserves at least 1 slam title before he retires.
     
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  4. FedForGOAT

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    Mentally speaking, nalby is an interesting player. He gets overconfident and loses matches (Baghdatis) and then loses his confidence. but he also wins great matches because he keeps his confidence when others don't (Federer). So he might win one, but i think its unlikely.
     
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  5. superstition

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    If he continues to play as well as he's been playing in the last two tournaments (two wins over Federer, for instance), he can win a slam.
     
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  6. Fedexeon

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    His big chance of winning a slam is in next year's Australian Open.. If he keeps up his good work till next year, he may get a chance winning it. Remember he was so close against Baghdatis in the Australian Open 2006 semis...
     
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  7. LarougeNY

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    Unfortunately he had his prime chance at the USO, even though he made wimby's F before that. He had match points against roddick, and he should have won given how he's the far superior player (then and now) b/c he could have easily beaten an exhausted ferrero.
     
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  8. FedForGOAT

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    far superior player? that's only if you don't think mentality is a component of a player. I'm sorry but Andy has better mentality (not a great achievement). I agree that nalby has more physical talent, but roddick should be considered a greater player because his mentality helps him remain a top player, something Nalbandian couldn't do.
     
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  9. diegaa

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    right on the spot FFG. to be honest I dont see that Nalbo has a great techique. nevertheless he has a great forsight of the game combined with a spectacular intelligence and a excellent footwork.
     
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  10. obsessedtennisfandisorder

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    Dude, nalbandian's loss was as much to do with bad line calling and the WRIST INJURY, nalbandian didn't play another match until houston that year.

    I agree Roddick is stronger mentally than Nalby, but at that point Nalby had no fear and did not have a reputation for choking back then, in 2007 he had to look back on,

    Losses to Gaudio at French 04
    !st round loss US Open 04
    Famous loss to hewitt Ao quarter 05 when hewitt was OTT
    loss to T-jo at Wimby q 05
    bagdaddy loss as mentioned before.

    The key is mental though....he has the game that can trouble fed...8-8 .
     
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  11. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    I think he definitely can win a slam, but can he pull it together is another question...
     
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  12. obsessedtennisfandisorder

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    Does anyone know where i can get the pressconferences for the Paris masters?

    Am i not looking properly?

    Do you have to subscribe to their tv channel?

    Nothing annoys me more than tournament websites that don't at least have text of their press conferences:mad:

    Can someone help me,

    Really interested in fed's comments about the surface and nalby's game.;)
     
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  13. Feña14

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    I think his best 2 chances to win one were the 2003 US Open where he lost to Roddick in the semi and the 2004 Australian Open where he had a great start to the year and was arguably favourite for the tournament.

    I can't see him getting one now.
     
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  14. Shaolin

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    He will get one at some point, maybe next year at AO or US beating Fed somewhere along the line. Theyre speeding up the AO thats why I included it as a possibility.
     
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  15. AM28143

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    I don't think he can win the French because of Nadal, I don't think he can win Wimbledon because of Federer, but I do think he can win the US Open or the Australian Open. Will he? If I had to guess I would say no. I've been disappointed too many times throughout his rollar coaster of a career to believe that the run he is on now will last. With that being said his best oppurtunity is next year AO. Nadal is in a slump, he is in Federer's head and Djokovic just does not look ready to win a major quite yet. But, despite that, I still predict he will screw up and lose in the 3rd round to some guy who is much worse than him.
     
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  16. superman1

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    This is tough. It's hard to say that a guy who beat Fed and Nadal twice in a row plus Djokovic doesn't have what it takes to win a Slam. I'm sure he'll get to another final, but will he be able to handle the pressure? I'm going to say yes. I think he'll win one eventually. We've only been talking about Fed, Nadal, and Djokovic as contenders, and now there's a guy that matches up beautifully with Nadal, is probably the favorite against Djokovic, and has a pretty decent shot at beating Federer, maybe even a 50/50 shot.
     
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  17. lambielspins

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    You are basing that last part on 2 Masters events only. That is not enough at all to show he is favorite vs Djokovic, has an almost 50/50 shot vs Federer, and matches up beautifully with Nadal where it counts most, in the best 3-of-5 set format of a grand slam. Not to mention both events were indoors, his best surface, where there happens to be 0 grand slams played on.
     
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  18. Mad iX

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    The guy has the tools, but he always seems to lose it one way or another in the 2nd week of a slam.
    It wouldn't surprise me if he managed to win a slam, but I think the odds are against him.
     
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  19. Ken B.

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    Well, at least with his two masters shields the past month he replaced Haas and Rios as the best player never to win a slam...
     
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  20. TheNatural

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    only if the madrid ball girls are there

    ..to inspire him:

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    ..and to distract Federer

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    He's still on a high since madrid:mrgreen:
     
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  21. ktownva

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    If Nalby gets to the Australian Open final, he can win if it rains and they close the roof on Rod Laver Arena. With perfect indoor conditions he has a chance. Otherwise, he will hit his shots slightly less clean, and Djoker/Nadal/Fed will put him away.
     
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  22. superman1

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    I'm basing that on their history. Federer probably should have won the Masters Cup final, but then you have to concede that Nalbandian should have won that French Open semifinal. And then their match before that, Fed won 7-6(5) in the third. It's a close rivalry, and I believe it'll get closer now that Nalby seems to be full of confidence and Federer seems to be on a slight decline. Or maybe Fed will destroy Nalbandian the next time. Who the hell knows?
     
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  23. ktownva

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    3 of 4 slams and he stopped Nadal's clay streak. What a crappy 2007! :wink: Guy is done, stick a fork in him.
     
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    i think that if nalbandian can keep up his good form through shanghai and through the australian summer and into the 2008 australian open, he has a very good chance of winning it. i hope he does well, cos i want to go watch him play! 5 day australian open passes for $99 aus dollars is the greatest!!! :D
     
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  25. stormholloway

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    Keep in mind that Nalbandian not only beat Federer twice in a row, but has also matched up very well with Federer in the past. His wins were not flukes. His game matches up very well with Nadal, as Nadal's heavy topspin can tend to drop short, allowing Nalbandian to step in and take those balls of the hop. Nalbandian's return is also very effective against the Nadal second serve.

    As for Djokovic, I like Nalbandian's ball striking ability more. They're similar players but I'll take the Nalbandian backhand any day.

    The only thing stopping Nalbandian is his mind. He's a bit of a hot head and tends to get nervous under pressure. This will be his biggest challenge.
     
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  26. fastdunn

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    I am thinking Ivan Lendle now. I wonder if he can pull Ivan Lendle at least partially.

    Lendle choked at slam finals many times in his early career and was yet choking again against McEnroe at french open final. Somehow he overcame the fear of success in that 5 set final.

    Lendle's turning point wasn't purely mental actually. He improved his serve. He moved his toss a bit to his right and added more punch. And then he started to dominate the tour.

    The serve is still the most important shot in this game. It can do wonder to your entire game.

    I am not saying Nalbandian can dominate like Lendle. Nalbandian can win slams if he truely improves his serves and finally overcome the mental blocks from a few choking episodes... Good luck, David.
     
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  27. GOD_BLESS_RAFA

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    Well let's wait patiently for 2008!!
    This will be an interesting one for tennis if Nalbandian keeps playing like this and beats the other good players!! He lost to Mahut too let's not forget it! ;)
     
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  28. caulcano

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    Nalbandian needs to be given the chance to play Shanghai otherwise he'll have to much time on his hands and that will lead to him eating too much pies over christmas.
     
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    If he is going to do it, it will have to be in the next 2 years IMO. If he doesnt do it then he never will.
     
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  30. Khale

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    Nalbandian's baseline game is similar to Agassi's...we can say he's the 'poor mans Agassi' lol. But he does have a better volley game than most. Probably the most difficult part for him is to maintain his confidence when things go bad. Who knows... but I think the upcoming Australian Open will be his best shot to win a Major.
     
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  31. lambielspins

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    I agree with "poor mans Agassi".
     
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  32. NadalandFedererfan

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    So you think he needs indoor conditions to win?
     
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