Four years after he became Master
Four years ago, David Nalbandian was quietly fishing in the south of the country when he got an urgent call: he was called to participate in Shanghai, to play the Masters Cup together with the seven best tennis players of the world. He went there having trained very little and having no time to adapt himself to the new time zone (13 hours). To cap it all, he made his debut against Federer, to whom he lost 6-3, 2-6 and 6-4. But he managed to settle down and defeated Guillermo Coria (7-5, 6-4) and the Croatian Iván Ljubicic (6-2, 6-2) and made his way to semifinals. In that stage, he left the Russian Nikolay Davydenko out (6-0, 7-5) to meet Federer again in the great final. There he showed why he won a place in the history of tennis. He was two sets down (6-7- 6-7) but did not give up. He took advantage of the physical debilitation of the Swiss and ended up defeating him 6-7 (4), 6-7 (11), 6-2, 6-1 and 7-6 (3) in an unforgettable match. Since then, apart from being the King, David was the “Master”.