David Nalbandian

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David Nalbandian
David Nalbandian Boodles.jpg
Nalbandian at Boodles 2011.
Full name David Pablo Nalbandian
Country (sports)  Argentina
Residence Unquillo, Argentina
Born (1982-01-01) 1 January 1982 (age 34)
Unquillo, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Turned pro 2000
Retired 1 October 2013
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 11,114,755
Career record 383–191
Career titles 11
Highest ranking No. 3 (20 March 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2006)
French Open SF (2004, 2006)
Wimbledon F (2002)
US Open SF (2003)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (2005)
Olympic Games 3R (2008)
Career record 48–53
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 105 (5 October 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2003)
French Open 1R (2003)
Wimbledon 2R (2003)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (2006, 2008, 2011)
Nalbandian signing autographs at 2006 Australian Open.jpg

David Pablo Nalbandian (born 1 January 1982) is an Argentine retired professional tennis player and former world No. 3. He was runner-up at the 2002 Wimbledon Championships and the winner of the Tennis Masters Cup in 2005. He has also won two Masters 1000 events. He is the only Argentine player in history who ever reached the semi-finals or better at all four Grand Slam tournaments and reached the men's singles final at Wimbledon.[2]


David Nalbandian was born in the small city of Unquillo in Córdoba Province, Argentina. He became a professional tennis player at the age of 18.[3]

Career on the ATP[edit]

Junior career[edit]

As a junior, Nalbandian reached as high as No. 3 in the world in December 1998 (and No. 5 in doubles).


He turned professional in 2000. In 2001, he finished in the ATP top 50 for the first time. He finished 2002 as the No. 1 Argentine and South American for the first time in his career, winning two ATP titles and reaching the Wimbledon final, where he beat David Sánchez, Paul-Henri Mathieu, George Bastl, Wayne Arthurs, Nicolás Lapentti and Xavier Malisse before losing to Lleyton Hewitt.[citation needed]


Nalbandian did not reach another Wimbledon final in 2003, as he was knocked out in the round of 16 by Tim Henman. He did however have an impressive run at the U.S. Open, taking out both of the Wimbledon finalists 20th seed Mark Philippoussis and second seed Roger Federer on the way to a semifinal matchup with Andy Roddick. It was the second time in less than a month that he had met Roddick in a high-stakes match, having lost to him in the final of the Rogers Cup a few weeks earlier. Nalbandian started strongly, taking a two sets to love lead, and held a match point in the third-set tiebreak. There was a little bit of controversy during the match, when a fan yelled "out" at 7–7 in the tiebreak, causing Nalbandian to mishit his following shot when he thought the linesman was the one who called it. Roddick took the point and eventually prevailed in the tiebreak.[4] Ultimately, he was unable to finish the match off and eventually lost 6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 6–1, 6–3. He finished 2003 ranked No. 8 in the world.[5]

In 2004, Nalbandian achieved his best result at the French Open reaching the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Gastón Gaudio. Although he did not win any titles in 2004, he did finish runner-up at both the Rome Masters and the Madrid Masters, where he was completely overpowered and outclassed by Carlos Moyá and Marat Safin respectively. He broke into the top 5 for the first time in his career in August and finished 2004 ranked as the World No. 9 player.


In 2005, Nalbandian advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open. He also won the Tennis Masters Cup, becoming only the second Argentine tennis player in history (after Guillermo Vilas in 1974) to win the year-end tournament. Having replaced Andy Roddick, [clarification needed] he won two of his three group matches (to Federer, Ivan Ljubičić, and Guillermo Coria). In the semifinals, he defeated Russian Nikolay Davydenko, and in the final, he beat World No. 1 Roger Federer in a fifth-set tiebreak. Nalbandian became the first player to win the cup without previously attaining a Grand Slam or Masters Series title.[citation needed]


In January 2006, Nalbandian beat Fabrice Santoro of France, 7–5, 6–0, 6–0, in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, becoming, at the time, only the second active player (along with Roger Federer) to have reached the semifinals of each Grand Slam tournament. He lost in the semifinals to Marcos Baghdatis in a hard-fought five-set match, despite holding a two-set-to-love advantage and four games to two in the final set. In May, he won the Estoril Open Tournament in Portugal for the second time, being one of only three men to achieve this accomplishment (Carlos Costa, 1992 and 1994; and Thomas Muster, 1995 and 1996). One month later, Nalbandian reached his second French Open semifinal. It was the only time in his career that he reached two Grand Slam semifinals in one calendar year. He played Federer and started strongly, winning the first set 6–3 and going 3–0 up in the second set. At 5–2 down in the third set, Nalbandian decided to retire from the match due to stomach injury. At Wimbledon, Nalbandian was beaten in the third round, where he lost to Fernando Verdasco in straight sets. At the US Open, Nalbandian was beaten in the second round by Marat Safin.[citation needed]

Nalbandian then competed in the Davis Cup semifinal tie against Australia. David easily won against Mark Philippoussis, 6–4, 6–3, 6–3, to give Argentina a 1–0 lead. Argentina went on to win 5–0 to reach the Davis Cup final. Later in the year, Nalbandian reached semifinals at the Masters Series Madrid and the Masters Cup, where he lost to Roger Federer and James Blake, respectively. Despite winning both of his single rubbers in the Davis Cup final against Safin and Nikolay Davydenko, Nalbandian could not stop the Russian Davis Cup team. Argentina went on to lose 3–2.[citation needed]


2007 saw Nalbandian drop out of the world's top 20 for the first time since 2003, after losing in the fourth round of the 2007 French Open to Nikolay Davydenko. Nalbandian suffered various abdominal injuries, a back injury, and a leg injury during the year. He fell to no. 26 in the world, until his season changed after winning the 2007 Madrid Masters. He won the tournament by defeating second seed Rafael Nadal, third seed Novak Djoković, and top seed Federer in consecutive rounds, becoming the third player after Boris Becker and Djoković to defeat the world's top three players in a single tournament. He defeated Nadal, 6–1, 6–2, in the quarterfinals. His good form carried him to his second top-3 win of the tournament, defeating Djoković in the semifinals. He stunned Federer in the final, 1–6, 6–3, 6–3, and reached the doubles semifinals with Guillermo Cañas in the tournament, before losing to top-seeded brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in the semifinals. After the tournament, his singles ranking moved up from no. 25 on the tour to No. 18.

He played at the 2007 Paris Masters and again defeated Federer in the third round, 6–4, 7–6. He beat David Ferrer in the quarterfinals in a closely fought match, 7–6, 6–7, 6–2. After beating Richard Gasquet, 6–2, 6–4 in the semifinals, Nalbandian won his second straight ATP Masters Series title over Rafael Nadal, 6–4, 6–0, thus, becoming the first player to win the Madrid and Paris Masters back to back since former world no. 1, Marat Safin in 2004. This win allowed him to move back into the world's top 10 at No. 9. After the Paris Masters, Nalbandian became the first player to defeat No. 1 and No. 2 players in consecutive tournaments and win them.[citation needed]


David Nalbandian attempting to defend his title at the 2008 BNP Paribas Masters

Nalbandian began his 2008 season back in the top 10. However, at the Australian Open, he failed to reach the quarterfinals, suffering a 6–1, 6–2, 6–3, loss to the 22nd seed Juan Carlos Ferrero in the third round. On 24 February 2008, he won the Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires, beating José Acasuso, 3–6, 7–6, 6–4, in the final. With that win, he moved to World No. 8. The following week, He arrived at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico and cruised all the way to the finals, along the way defeating Boris Pašanski, Santiago Ventura, Potito Starace, and Luis Horna, beating them all in straight sets, but then lost in the final, to Spaniard Nicolás Almagro, 1–6, 6–7.[citation needed]

He entered his first ATP Masters Series tournament of the year at the 2008 Pacific Life Open, and received a bye in the first round because of his seventh seeding. In the second round, he defeated Ernests Gulbis 6–4, 4–6, 7–6, and then came back to beat Radek Štěpánek 7–6, 0–6, 7–6. In the fourth round, he avenged his defeat by beating Juan Carlos Ferrero, to whom he lost earlier in the year at the Australian Open, 6–2, 6–2. He lost, however, in the quarterfinals against Mardy Fish 3–6, 7–6, 6–7, in a very close match. He lost at the Monte Carlo Masters to eventual finalist Federer, 7–5, 2–6, 2–6. In Barcelona, he was the third seed, but was eliminated by Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round. At the 2008 Rome Masters, he fell in his opening match to Almagro, 4–6, 5–7.[citation needed]

At the French Open, Nalbandian suffered a shock loss in the second round to Frenchman Jérémy Chardy. After being two sets up and seemingly in control, he lost the next three to hand Chardy the win 6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 1–6, 2–6. He also suffered early exits from both Wimbledon and the US Open, losing in the second round and third round, respectively. His indoor season, however, was a success, as he won his ninth career title at the 2008 Stockholm Open, defeating Robin Söderling 6–2, 5–7, 6–3, in the finals. He was defending champion at the Madrid Masters, but was quickly eliminated by fellow Argentine Juan Martín del Potro in the third round. He then entered both the Davidoff Swiss Indoors and the BNP Paribas Masters, where he was once again the defending champion. He did not win either of these tournaments, but found himself in the finals of both.[citation needed]

To end the year, he participated in the 2008 Davis Cup and was up on an opening match against David Ferrer. Despite a victory, he ended up on the losing team against Spain in the Davis Cup finals in Argentina (The Argentine team lost 1–3). He made some offensive comments in the press against Spain, the Spanish tennis team, and Rafael Nadal. It was rumoured[6] that he and Agustín Calleri were involved in a fight after they lost their doubles rubber. Nalbandian denied this.[7] He was fined $10,000 for leaving the stadium after his and Calleri's defeat in doubles to Spaniards Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano López, and for his refusal to appear at a subsequent press conference to comment on the Argentine team's setback.[citation needed]


Nalbandian started his 2009 tour by winning his tenth career ATP title at the Medibank International in Sydney, Australia, after defeating Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, 6–3, 6–7, 6–2, in the final. At the Australian Open, he defeated Marc Gicquel in the first round, 6–1, 4–6, 6–2, 6–3, before being upset by unseeded Taiwanese player Lu Yen-Hsun, 4–6, 7–5, 6–4, 4–6, 2–6, in the second round. At the 2009 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, he lost to World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, 6–3, 6–7, 0–6, in the fourth round for the first time, failing to convert on five match points in the second set. In May, he announced that he would have to undergo a hip surgery, resulting in not being able to compete in the remaining Grand Slams and the Davis Cup. In August, he announced that he would return to practice and eventually to competitive tennis at the Australian Open in January. A few days before the beginning of the tournament, he was forced to withdraw from the event due to an abdominal injury.[citation needed]


Because of several knee injuries in the early part of the 2010 season, he finally made a return, beginning at the 2010 Copa Telmex, his hometown tournament. He beat Potito Starace in the first round 6–2, 7–6, over a period of two days due to a rain delay. In the second round, he beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6–7, 6–4, 7–6. However, he pulled out of his quarterfinals match against fifth seed Albert Montañés due to a right leg injury. He made a return to tennis by playing doubles for Argentina in the Davis Cup against Sweden in Stockholm, which he won in straight sets. He played the deciding singles rubber, defeating Vinciguerra 7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, and helped Argentina reach the quarterfinals.[citation needed]

Playing in his first Masters Series event since Monte Carlo the previous year, he appeared at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. There, he won his first round match against Stefan Koubek, 6–2, 7–6. In his next-round match, he played 22nd seed Jürgen Melzer and lost 4–6, 1–6. He then entered the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami as a wildcard entrant. He beat Łukasz Kubot 6–3, 6–2, and 30th seed Viktor Troicki 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, before falling to the fourth seed Rafael Nadal in three sets 7–6, 2–6, 2–6. He entered the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco, ranked No. 151 in the world, beating Andreas Beck in straight sets, before coming through 3–6, 6–4, 7–6 against World No. 13 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the second round. Nalbandian beat Tommy Robredo, before losing in the quarterfinals to the second-ranked Novak Djokovic 2–6, 3–6. Nalbandian withdrew from the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia with a right leg injury. The injury persisted, and he withdrew from the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, the 2010 Roland Garros and the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.[citation needed]

In July, he played two singles matches for Argentina against Russia in the Davis Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow. He defeated Nikolay Davydenko, 6–4, 7–6, 7–6, in the first rubber, and Mikhail Youzhny, 7–6, 6–4, 6–3, in the fifth and final rubber, giving Argentina a victory of 3–2 to qualify for the semifinals. He made his return in the 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, where he won the title, his first since 2009 Medibank International Sydney after wins over Rajeev Ram, 6–4, 6–0, Stanislas Wawrinka, 6–3, 6–1, Marco Chiudinelli, 6–1, 6–0, Gilles Simon, 3–6, 6–2, 6–3, and Marin Čilić, 6–2, 6–2. He defeated Marcos Baghdatis in the finals, 6–2, 7–6, guaranteeing a jump in the rankings up to the vicinity of world no. 45.[8] The following week, he had a successful run to the quarterfinals in the Roger's Masters Series in Toronto, defeating David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, and Robin Söderling, before losing to World No. 4 Andy Murray after this 11-match winning streak. This run took his rank up to world No. 37. He competed at the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters, where he lost again to Murray, 6–2, 4–6, 3–6, in the second round.[citation needed]


David Nalbandian at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships

Nalbandian began the year ranked No. 27 in the world. As sixth seed in the Auckland Open, Nalbandian beat Fabio Fognini, Philipp Kohlschreiber, John Isner, and Nicolás Almagro, without losing a set. However, he lost in the final against David Ferrer. His performance propelled him to the rank of No. 21 in the world, while also achieving the no. 1 Argentina position at the expense of Juan Martín del Potro, who was also injured. He faced Lleyton Hewitt again. The match, dubbed the "Clash of the Titans", went in the fifth set as in 2005, but this time for Nalbandian, after 57 games. He saved two match points, but in the second round was forced to retire due to cramps and fatigue, 1–6, 0–6, 0–2, to Ričardas Berankis. After the Australian Open, he played in the Movistar Open.

He began his tour on clay by beating his compatriot Carlos Berlocq, before losing against Horacio Zeballos. In Buenos Aires, he lost in the quarterfinals to Tommy Robredo. He played a Davis Cup match, winning in four sets against Romanian Adrian Ungur. Due to a torn hamstring and a hernia, he missed many tournaments including Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome Masters. He lost to Roger Federer in the third round of Wimbledon.[citation needed]


In the Australian Open, Nalbandian had a five-set loss to Isner and was fined $8,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct following the match.[9] On February, David participated in two Davis Cup matches for Argentina against the German team, defeating Florian Mayer in a singles match[10] and then partnering with Eduardo Schwank to win a doubles match against Tommy Haas and Philipp Petzschner to help the Argentinian team advance to the quarterfinals.[11] Afterwards, Nalbandian played a string of clay tournaments, reaching the quarterfinals in the Brasil Open, semifinals in Buenos Aires and a first round exit at the Mexican Open. He then entered the first ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the year, the 2012 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, losing in the quarterfinals to Rafael Nadal.[12] After the tournament, Nalbandian reached No. 40 in the ATP Rankings but failed to progress past the first round in the 2012 French Open as he was beaten by the Romanian, Adrian Ungur in four sets.

2012 Queen's Club Championships incident[edit]

In June, Nalbandian reached the final of the Aegon Championships at the Queen's Club in England for the first time. He led his opponent Marin Čilić by a set but, having been broken to trail 3–4 in the second, was disqualified when he kicked an on-court advertising board bordering a line judge's chair.[13] The board flew off its hinges and struck the judge on the shin, causing a cut and drawing blood.[14][15] The judge remonstrated with Nalbandian before being taken for treatment.[15] After checking on the injured judge, the umpire disqualified Nalbandian to end the match,[13] causing the crowd to jeer in disappointment.[15]

The kick was broadcast live on the BBC television coverage of the event, and a clip showing the incident was widely viewed on YouTube.[16] A complaint alleging assault was made to the Metropolitan Police, who commenced investigations.[17] An ATP spokesman stated that:

Nalbandian automatically forfeited his prize money and ranking points due to his conduct default. A maximum £8,000 (10,000 euro) fine was issued on site by the ATP Supervisor for unsportsmanlike conduct.[17]

In forfeiting his potential prize money of £36,114[16] [$57,350] plus the £8,000 [$12,560] conduct fine, he incurred a total loss over the weekend of £44,114 [$69,910].[13] He was additionally docked 150 ranking points by the ATP.[18]

Nalbandian was unseeded at the Wimbledon championships, which followed soon after, and was defeated in straight sets by Janko Tipsarević in the first round. He lost again to Tipsarević in the first round at the London Olympics.

US Open withdrawal[edit]

Nalbandian withdrew from the 2012 US Open due to a strained muscle in his chest, one day before his scheduled first round match against compatriot and 2009 champion Juan Martín del Potro.[19]


After the quarterfinal win over France in the Davis Cup, where he played doubles, he was forced to undergo an operation on his right shoulder, sidelining him for much of the 2013 season.[20] On October 1, he announced his retirement.

Playing style[edit]

Nalbandian was an all-court player and a very clean ball striker.[21] He used powerfully struck, sharply accurate groundstrokes which had very low error-percentage. He had a decent, but not particularly dominating service game compared to top 20 players. His signature play was the wide drive that swings out of court on both sides, low and spinning. He could take high balls on the backhand and forehand side and return them with acute angles and low trajectories and used these skills with great tactical intelligence.[22]

His ground game was complemented by his anticipation, speed and ability to end points at the net. Nalbandian's trademark shot is his double-handed backhand down-the-line, which was often regarded as the best double-handed backhand on the men`s tour. He often used it to set up a point, by either hitting a clean winner or forcing a weak return from the opponent. Nalbandian is also known to be one of the game's best returners. He was consistently able to knock balls back deep on the baseline time and time again to effectively set up the point or rip return winners off second serves, but he also had the ability to block it back deep when returning a more effective serve. He also used a "chip-and-charge" technique against the opponents' serves to surprise them.[23]

Early in his career, Nalbandian was touted as a future star of the game, alongside the likes of Federer and Roddick. He was cited as the main rival of Federer at the time, having beat him five times consecutively from 2002 - 2003. Many compared his playstyle and personality to that of Agassi, notably his timing off the groundstrokes, two-handed backhand and return of serve, as well as his occasional indifference towards tennis.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2002 Wimbledon Grass Australia Lleyton Hewitt 1–6, 3–6, 2–6

Year-End Championships finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2005 Shanghai Carpet (i) Switzerland Roger Federer 6–7(4–7), 6–7(11–13), 6–2, 6–1, 7–6(7–3)

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2003 Montréal Hard United States Andy Roddick 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2004 Rome Clay Spain Carlos Moyá 3–6, 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2004 Madrid Hard (i) Russia Marat Safin 2–6, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 2007 Madrid Hard (i) Switzerland Roger Federer 1–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 2007 Paris Hard (i) Spain Rafael Nadal 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 2008 Paris Hard (i) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–6, 6–4, 4–6

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 24 (11 titles, 13 runners-up)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
ATP World Tour Finals (1–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (2–4)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (7–7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5–5)
Clay (4–4)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (2–2)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 1 October 2001 Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia, Palermo, Italy Clay Spain Félix Mantilla 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Winner 1. 8 April 2002 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Finland Jarkko Nieminen 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 2. 8 July 2002 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass Australia Lleyton Hewitt 1–6, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 21 October 2002 Davidoff Swiss Indoors, Basel, Switzerland Carpet (i) Chile Fernando González 6–4, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 11 August 2003 Canada Masters, Montreal, Canada Hard United States Andy Roddick 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 27 October 2003 Davidoff Swiss Indoors, Basel, Switzerland Carpet (i) Argentina Guillermo Coria w/o
Runner-up 5. 10 May 2004 Rome Masters, Rome, Italy Clay Spain Carlos Moyá 3–6, 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 18 October 2004 Madrid Masters, Madrid, Spain Hard (i) Russia Marat Safin 2–6, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 25 October 2004 Davidoff Swiss Indoors, Basel, Switzerland Carpet (i) Czech Republic Jiří Novák 7–5, 3–6, 4–6, 6–1, 2–6
Winner 3. 1 May 2005 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Romania Andrei Pavel 6–4, 6–1
Winner 4. 20 November 2005 Tennis Masters Cup, Shanghai, China Carpet (i) Switzerland Roger Federer 6–7(4–7), 6–7(11–13), 6–2, 6–1, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 5. 7 May 2006 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Russia Nikolay Davydenko 6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. 21 October 2007 Madrid Masters, Madrid, Spain Hard (i) Switzerland Roger Federer 1–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 7. 4 November 2007 Paris Masters, Paris, France Hard (i) Spain Rafael Nadal 6–4, 6–0
Winner 8. 24 February 2008 ATP Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina José Acasuso 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 8. 1 March 2008 Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Spain Nicolás Almagro 1–6, 6–7(1–7)
Winner 9. 4 October 2008 ATP Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Sweden Robin Söderling 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 26 October 2008 Davidoff Swiss Indoors, Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Switzerland Roger Federer 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 2 November 2008 Paris Masters, Paris, France Hard (i) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 10. 17 January 2009 Medibank International, Sydney, Australia Hard Finland Jarkko Nieminen 6–3, 6–7(9–11), 6–2
Winner 11. 8 August 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Washington, United States Hard Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 11. 15 January 2011 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Spain David Ferrer 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 12. 17 June 2012 Aegon Championships, London, United Kingdom Grass Croatia Marin Čilić 7–6(7–3), 3–4 default
Runner-up 13. 17 February 2013 Brasil Open, São Paulo, Brazil Clay (i) Spain Rafael Nadal 2–6, 3–6

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 23 February 2003 ATP Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Lucas Arnold Ker Argentina Mariano Hood
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
2–6, 2–6

Team competition finals: 3 (3 runner-up)[edit]

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. December 1–3, 2006 Davis Cup, Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Argentina José Acasuso
Argentina Agustín Calleri
Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela
Russia Marat Safin
Russia Nikolay Davydenko
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
Runner-up 2. November 21–23, 2008 Davis Cup, Mar del Plata, Argentina Hard (i) Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
Argentina José Acasuso
Argentina Agustín Calleri
Spain David Ferrer
Spain Fernando Verdasco
Spain Feliciano López
Spain Marcel Granollers
Runner-up 3. December 2–4, 2011 Davis Cup, Seville, Spain Clay (i) Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
Argentina Juan Mónaco
Argentina Eduardo Schwank
Spain Rafael Nadal
Spain David Ferrer
Spain Fernando Verdasco
Spain Feliciano López

Exhibition tournaments[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score Draw
Winner 1. 17 January 2004 AAMI Classic, Kooyong, Australia Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–2, 6–3 8
Winner 2. 11 December 2005 Indoor Master Tennis – Córdoba, Argentina Carpet (i) Argentina Mariano Puerta 6–3, 6–4 4
Winner 3. 18 December 2005 Copa Argentina – Buenos Aires, Argentina Hard Argentina Agustín Calleri 3–6, 6–2, 6–3 12
Winner 4. 11 December 2006 Indoor Master Tennis – Córdoba, Argentina Carpet (i) Chile Nicolás Massú 6–4, 6–3 12
Winner 5. 16 December 2007 Copa Argentina – Buenos Aires, Argentina Hard Argentina Juan Mónaco 6–4, 7–5 8
Winner 6. 13 December 2009 Copa Minero – San Juan, Argentina Carpet (i) Argentina Gastón Gaudio 6–2, 6–2 4
Winner 7. 20 December 2009 Copa Argentina – Buenos Aires, Argentina Hard Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 6–4, 6–4 6
Winner 8. 19 December 2010 Copa Argentina – Buenos Aires, Argentina Hard Argentina Juan Mónaco 6–3, 7–6(7–5)

Singles performance timeline[edit]

(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (R#) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current as far as the 2013 Sony Open Tennis.

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R QF QF QF SF 4R 3R 2R A 2R 2R A 0 / 10 26–10 72.22
French Open A LQ 3R 2R SF 4R SF 4R 2R A A A 1R A 0 / 8 20–8 71.43
Wimbledon A A F 4R A QF 3R 3R 1R A A 3R 1R A 0 / 8 19–8 70.37
US Open A 3R 1R SF 2R QF 2R 3R 3R A 3R 3R A A 0 / 10 21–10 67.74
Win–Loss 0–0 2–1 9–4 13–4 10–3 15–4 13–4 10–4 5–4 1–1 2–1 5–3 1–3 0–0 0 / 36 86–36 70.49
Year-End Championship
ATP World Tour Finals Did Not Qualify RR A W SF Did Not Qualify 1 / 3 6–6 50.00
Davis Cup
Davis Cup Singles A A SF SF QF SF F QF F A SF F QF A 0 / 8 23–6 79.31
Summer Olympics
Summer Olympics A Not Held A Not Held 3R Not Held 1R NH 0 / 2 2–2 50.00
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A A 2R 1R A 4R 4R 4R QF 4R 2R A QF 2R 0 / 10 18–10 64.29
Miami Masters 1R 1R 1R 3R A 3R SF 3R 2R 2R 3R A 2R 1R 0 / 12 10–12 45.45
Monte-Carlo Masters A A 3R 2R QF A 3R 2R QF 3R QF A A A 0 / 8 16–8 66.67
Rome Masters A A 2R 1R F 1R SF A 2R A A A 2R A 0 / 7 11–7 61.11
Madrid Masters1 A A 1R SF 1R 1R A A A A A A 1R A 0 / 5 4–5 44.44
Canada Masters A A QF F 1R 2R 1R 3R A A QF 1R 1R A 0 / 9 14–9 60.87
Cincinnati Masters A A 1R QF A 2R 2R 1R A A 3R 2R 1R A 0 / 8 8–8 50.00
Shanghai2 A A 3R A F SF SF W 3R A A 2R A A 1 / 7 20–6 76.92
Paris Masters A A 2R A A 2R A W F A 2R A A A 1 / 5 12–4 75.00
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 9–9 14–7 12–5 8–8 15–7 17–5 13–6 4–3 12–6 2–3 6–6 1–2 2 / 71 113–69 62.09
Tournaments played 2 9 25 20 14 20 16 18 17 9 11 13 16 5 195
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–1 2–3 0–2 0–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–5 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 11–24 45.83
Win–Loss 0–2 17–9 36–24 42–20 34–14 44–19 44–19 31–18 44–16 14–7 28–10 22–12 21–17 6–5 11 / 195 383–192 66.61
Year End Ranking 248 47 12 8 9 6 8 9 11 65 27 64 81 228

1Held as Hamburg Masters till 2008. 2Held as Stuttgart Masters till 2001 and Madrid Masters from 2002–2008.

Head–to–head vs. top-10 ranked players[edit]

Nalbandian's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked world no. 10 or better is as follows:

Players who have been ranked world no. 1 are in boldface.

*As of February 18, 2013.

Top-10 wins per season[edit]

Season 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Wins 0 0 4 6 0 6 4 6 5 0 2 0 2 0

Wins over top-10 players per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 3 Estoril, Portugal Clay 2R 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2. United Kingdom Tim Henman 4 Toronto, Canada Hard 3R 4–6, 7–6(9–7), 7–5
3. United Kingdom Tim Henman 6 Basel, Switzerland Carpet (i) QF 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–2
4. Switzerland Roger Federer 8 Basel, Switzerland Carpet (i) SF 6–7(2–7), 7–5, 6–3
5. Switzerland Roger Federer 6 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 4R 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3
6. Germany Rainer Schüttler 8 Montreal, Canada Hard SF 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
7. Switzerland Roger Federer 2 Cincinnati, United States Hard 2R 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)
8. Switzerland Roger Federer 2 US Open, New York, United States Hard 4R 3–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–4, 6–3
9. United States Andy Roddick 2 Basel, Switzerland Carpet (i) SF 7–5, 7–5
10. Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 2 Tennis Masters Cup, Houston, United States Hard RR 6–3, 6–1
11. Argentina Guillermo Coria 6 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 4R 5–7, 7–5, 6–3, 6–0
12. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 2 Davis Cup, Sydney, Australia Grass RR 6–2, 6–4, 6–4
13. Argentina Guillermo Coria 6 Tennis Masters Cup, Shanghai, China Carpet (i) RR 7–5, 6–4
14. Croatia Ivan Ljubicic 8 Tennis Masters Cup, Shanghai, China Carpet (i) RR 6–2, 6–2
15. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 7 Tennis Masters Cup, Shanghai, China Carpet (i) SF 6–0, 7–5
16. Switzerland Roger Federer 1 Tennis Masters Cup, Shanghai, China Carpet (i) F 6–7(4–7), 6–7(11–13), 6–2, 6–1, 7–6(7–3)
17. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 6 Estoril, Portugal Clay F 6–3, 6–4
18. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 6 French Open, Paris, France Clay QF 6–3, 6–3, 2–6, 6–4
19. United States Andy Roddick 5 Tennis Masters Cup, Shanghai, China Hard (i) RR 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
20. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 3 Davis Cup, Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) RR 6–2, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
21. Spain Rafael Nadal 2 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) QF 6–1, 6–2
22. Serbia Novak Djokovic 3 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) SF 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
23. Switzerland Roger Federer 1 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) F 1–6, 6–3, 6–3
24. Switzerland Roger Federer 1 Paris, France Hard (i) 3R 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
25. Spain David Ferrer 6 Paris, France Hard (i) QF 7–6(7–3), 6–7(3–7), 6–2
26. Spain Rafael Nadal 2 Paris, France Hard (i) F 6–4, 6–0
27. France Richard Gasquet 10 Queen's Club, England Grass QF 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–3)
28. Argentina Juan Martin del Potro 9 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) SF 6–4, 6–4
29. Argentina Juan Martin del Potro 9 Paris, France Hard (i) 3R 6–4, 6–0
30. United Kingdom Andy Murray 4 Paris, France Hard (i) QF 7–6(7–3), 6–3
31. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 3 Paris, France Hard (i) SF 6–1, 5–7, 6–4
32. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 6 Davis Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) RR 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6)
33. Sweden Robin Söderling 5 Toronto, Canada Hard 3R 4–6, 6–4, 6–1
34. Serbia Janko Tipsarevic 10 Indian Wells, United States Hard 3R 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
35. France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6 Indian Wells, United States Hard 4R 3–6, 7–5, 6–3


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Argentina Manu Ginóbili and
Carlos Tevez
Olimpia de Oro
Succeeded by
Argentina Germán Chiaraviglio