David Nalbandian took the decision of quitting from tennis due to shoulder injury. He is a former Wimbledon finalist. He came to the world of tennis in 2002 and went up to the final against Lleyton Hewitt in SW19 tournament.
Apart from being the finalist he has also reached up the semi finals of many grand slams such as Australian Open, French Open and US Open. His highest rank was 3rd in 2006 in the month of March. With the infamous incident of 2012 at the final of the Queens he accidentally injured his leg by kicking the hoarding of an advertisement due to which the official of tennis Andrew McDougall got injured. The official was brutally injured and blood started to spew from his leg for which David Nalbandian was disqualified when he was playing against Marin Cilic.
After that he became renowned for his temper and aggression. The issue became a concern for police investigation and he had to pay 40,000 Euros as indemnity and other prize money of his was forfeited. His form deteriorated and his rank slided down to 231 when he decided to call it quits. He himself stated that he does not feel fit to continue. But David Nalbandian enjoyed some of the brightest moments in his tennis career in the junior tennis tournaments. He did a lot for his country by winning the Davis Cup and his personal best was the Masters Cup in 2005 and Madrid Masters in 2007. His final appearance was in an exhibition match against Rafael Nadal in Buenos Aires in November.
He could have turned things around but his injury left him helpless. Otherwise he has beaten all the top ranking players Djokovic, Nadal and Federer in succession He was a leading tennis player during his playing time.
Much to the surprise of everybody, Stanislas Wawrinka who had made a great start to the season by achieving glory in the Australian Open was defeated by a far lesser renowned Spanish player Guillermo Garcia Lopez in the first round of the French Open yesterday. Wawrinka lost the match by 4-6, 7-5, 2-6, 0-6.
The Swiss star never looked like matching his opponent shot for shot. He was off colour from the word go. He just couldn’t get going. The poor shots kept coming off his racquet continuously and he ended up suffering a major setback.
The no. of unforced errors committed by Wawrinka was more than double of the no. of unforced committed by his opponent. That clearly tells the difference between the performances of the two players.
Speaking in the post match interview, Wawrinka said, “It’s always gutting when you lose your very first match in the tournament, but, nothing can be done about it now. What I need to do is to accept it and move on.”
“I tried to bounce back, but, things just didn’t happen. It was that kind of day for me. I will have to sit back and have a look at this performance of mine and find out what went drastically wrong.”
This was the first time that Wawrinka had entered a Grand Slam tournament as one of the top favourites and it seems he just couldn’t soak up that pressure.
When asked if he was feeling the pressure, the Swiss player said, “No, it wasn’t like that. I was calm, but, I just faltered in execution.”
Wawrinka was having one hell of a season before this defeat. Not only had he won the Australian Open by beating Rafael Nadal in the final, he had won the Monte Carlo Masters tournament as well.
It would not be overly ambitious to say that Stanislas Wawrinka is the most in form player going around in the professional tennis arena at the moment. The way the 28 years old Swiss player is dominating his opponents is just incredible.
In the ongoing BNP Paribas Open, while the other top players had had problems in their first match, Wawrinka just took his opponent Andreas Seppi apart and qualified for the third round in style. He just lost a couple of games in the entire match which suggests what kind of mood he was in. The match didn’t last for even an hour. It was over in just about 45 minutes or so.
2014 is proving to be an absolutely dream year for Wawrinka. He has not put a foot wrong this year. He has hardly seemed to be out of nick in any of his matches and it’s that consistency which has helped him in getting to his career best ranking. He is the no. 3 player in the world at this point of time.
Talking to the reporters at the end of the match against Seppi, Wawrinka said, “I have been playing with aggression this season and that’s helping me.”
“As far as today’s match is concerned, everything went perfectly. I would like to keep it up.”
Wawrinka must know that he is not going to have things this easy in his next match as the player that he is going to face has also been in terrific form this season.
In the third round at Indian Wells, the Swiss no. 1 will face the South African player Kevin Anderson who has had a 13-4 record in 2014. He might be a bit low in the rankings, but, he can give Wawrinka some fight in this kind of form; that’s for sure.