Roger Federer and David Nalbandian, recognized among the most talented players born in the early 1980s, were formidable rivals from their youth. The Argentine won the first five matches against the Swiss on the Tour between 2002-03. Federer had turned the tide in the next four matches before David clinched that incredible Masters Cup final in 2005 for one of his most notable victories. Roger had an advantage on clay at Rome and Roland Garros next spring, and his 13th match came in Madrid on October 21, with two big rivals battling for a place in the final. David loved playing in this event, but he couldn’t reach the second final in three years. Federer delivered a masterclass performance to beat the opponent 6-4, 6-0 in 59 minutes, advancing to the 16th Masters 1000 final and the first in Madrid. Super aggressive Federer added nearly 30 winners and left Nalbandian under ten, dominating each segment and playing better and better as the match progressed to cross the finish line in no time. The Swiss lost 12 points in eight service games, suffering a service break and erasing that deficit with a brilliant return performance, taking 56% of points from David’s serve and winning five breaks out of ten opportunities to march towards the title match. Roger started the match with a solid serve turn, closed the third game with another good serve and scored a return winner in the next to open a 3-1 lead.
Ljubicic reflects on Roger Federer
Roger Federer recently shared some heavy news with fans about his tennis return in 2022. The Swiss maestro said that he would not start his tennis training before March and April next year, meaning he would miss the Australian Open. In addition to that, his Wimbledon 2022 participation also remains under doubt. For this, Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic has tried to settle the fans down with some good news. “I can guarantee you that with Roger, you can rest assured that what he says is what he is,” Ljubicic said. “He says things as they are, every now and then he avoids making certain details public, at other times, as in this case, he tells everything instead.” Eventually, Ljubicic revealed what remains as the current status of Federer’s return. It indeed brought fans a little hope, but not so much. “There is a little hope for Wimbledon, but let’s see,” the coach said. “March-April could be soon; I think that in May we will have a little clearer idea. With Roger, it’s useless to try to read between the lines.”