David Nalbandian: The Argentinian star who beat the “Big 3” in the same tournament

By Miguel Prazeres

October 2, 2020

The very first day of 1982 marked the date an Argentinian by the name of David Nalbandian was born. 18 years later, Nalbandian would become a professional tennis player and one of the best Argentinian to ever play the game.

Nabandian’s first ATP title

Just one year after becoming a professional player, David Nalbandian reached his first ATP final. It was in the ATP 250 of Palermo. But it was in 2002 that Nalbandian celebrated his first ATP trophy. It was in Portugal, at the Estoril Open, that the young Argentinian beat Jarkko Nieminen and got his first title in the Tour. That year saw him lift his second one, at the ATP Basel, where he beat the Chilean Fernando González.

Despite never having won a Grand Slam, Nalbandian won 11 titles and put his name in many great wins against the very best.

When Nalbandian beat Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic in the same tournament

In 2007, the Masters 1000 of Madrid became an unforgettable moment in Nalbandian’s career. The Argentinian claimed the Spanish tournament in good fashion, beating Rafael Nadal (6-1, 6-2) in the quarter-finals, Novak Djokovic (6-4, 7-6) in the semis, and the great Roger Federer (1-6, 6-3, 6-3) in the championship match. It was Nalbandian’s 6th career title and the first career Masters title. Nalbandian would celebrate later that year his 2nd career Masters title, this time in Paris. His 7th career title would be after beating Rafael Nadal by a great score of 6-4, 6-0.

Until today, Nalbandian can still be proud of being the only one who reached such a remarkable achievement of beating the “Big 3” in the same tournament.

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