This week’s COTW is based one one who goes down in tennis history as one of the best never to win a Grand Slam. On Wednesday it was announced former world no.3 David Nalbandian has retired. The 31 year-old Argentine was Wimbledon runner-up in 2002, and has reached the semi-finals of the other three Grand Slams, the most recent of which being Roland Garros in 2006. However, he acquired a more negative reputation recently for infamously (although accidentally) kicking a line judge at The Queen’s club last year. However, since he’s retiring we want to be positive, so for today’s Classic Match of the Week we’re looking at perhaps the highlight of his career, winning the 2005 Tennis Masters Cup (or as it is now known: the ATP World Tour Finals) in Shanghai. The final was a five set thriller between himself and then no.1 Roger Federer. This was the only Tour Finals the Swiss star did NOT win between 2003 and 2007. The highlights of the match (Nalbandian in red) are split into two parts.
Sets 1 & 2 (9 mins)
Sets 3, 4 & 5 (10 mins)
After not having any success in a Grand Slam for several years, David Nalbandian has retired with a total career prize money of over $11,200,000 spread over a total of 13 years at the professional level of tennis.
– Jacob Lee