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David Nalbandian is described as one of the greatest players to never win a major title. His fluid ball striking and smart tactics definitely warrant a handful of Grand Slams. But why has he failed to deliver? Like so many others, the Argentine was playing in the era of Roger Federer, arguably the best player of his generation. A winner of 16 Grand Slam titles, Federer has broken the hearts of Hewitt, Roddick and Nalbandian himself.
Nalbandian has been in decent form this year, reaching the quarter-finals at Indian Wells and a notorious finals appearance at Queens Club. However, the 30 year-old once again could not control his emotions in the title match, turning a break point into an assault probe. The former World No.3 was defaulted, fined by the ATP for unsportsmanlike conduct and forced to surrender his prize money.
Nalbandian’s temperament and attitude to tennis demonstrates his love for the game but this latest incident is inked into his career forever. He has not done himself any favours by pointing the finger at the ATP, the governing body of tennis professionals. In a career that will be left potentially unfulfilled, Nalbandian can redeem himself at Wimbledon with a strong performance.