David showed the Way 11 Years ago.
11 years ago, on September 13th, 1998, a young boy named David Nalbandian kneeled down on one of the main courts at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows to celebrate, with tears in his eyes, his first Grand Slam title in the juniors draw. The defeated player was one who would years later become the greatest player in history: Roger Federer. The victory shook the tennis world and turned the eyes to young players (David played with Acasuso, Coria, Massa and others), in one of the worst years for national tennis. That season, being Hernán Gumy and Franco Squillari the most important players, weeks passed by without an Argentine player ranked among the first 100 in the world. The most crucial stage of this process would come some years later, when the boy from Unquillo consolidated as one of the best Argentine players in history, leading the best of all seasons for national tennis, playing two Davis Cup finals, Grand Slam, Masters 1000 and breaking records.