Nalbandian Stands Firm in Beijing
Having achieved two victories and the pass for the fourth round, David Nalbandian, the man from Cordoba, believed that “everything has been going well so far” in tennis in the Olympic Games in Beijing, discipline which has the Swiss Roger Federer and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal as firm candidates for gold. “I have played short matches so far so I did not have to push myself too hard and on top of that I have not suffered from pains”, “King David” stated. Nalbandian, who had eliminated Shaoxuan Zeng in the first round, 6-2 and 6-1, left the Chilean Nicolas Massu out, the last Olympic champion in Athens 2004 in singles as well as in doubles, 7-6 (7-0) and 6-1. “Things got complicated in the first set but I kept calm”, the man from Cordoba said. Being near the confrontation with the French Gael Monfils, he emphasized “I am not tired in spite of the fact that I played singles and doubles yesterday”. Massu, for his part, praised the winner: “I had to play against a difficult opponent who played well and is seeded seventh in the world”.