Former world No. 3 David Nalbandian enjoyed a very successful career but his 2007 Madrid Masters run was the highlight of his career. In 2007 at Caja Magica, Nalbandian won the title after beating Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Nalbandian defeated Arnaud Clement, Tomas Berydch and Juan Martin del Potro, before he beat each Big Three in his last three matches in Madrid. “Beating all three guys (in the same tournament), didn’t happen before, didn’t happen until now.
Was amazing week. I was honestly playing very good last few months before arriving here. Didn’t get lot of results. Here I struggled in the first few rounds. I saved match points, I think, second or third round. And after that everything was going unreal.
I played incredible tennis,” Nalbandian said on the ATP Tennis Radio, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
Nalbandian: Beating the Big Three in Madrid gave me lots of confidence
“After beating all three in a row, you feel like you’re going to beat them every time.
If you win here, why not next week. That makes you full of confidence,” Nalbandian said. Before winning Madrid in 2007, Nalbandian had three deep runs at Caja Magica. Nalbandian ended runner-up to Marat Safin in the 2004 Madrid final, while he reached back-to-back semifinals at the tournament in 2005 and 2006.
The first Big Three Nalbandian beat in 2007 Madrid was Nadal as he saw off the Spaniard 6-1 6-2. “I knew against Rafa, if I had the chance to beat him, it was here..indoors, fast, indoors, altitude. The conditions were much better for me than for him, for sure.
That year, he didn’t play a lot last few weeks (coming into the tournanemnt); he was a little bit out of rhythm. I think I didn’t miss a ball.” Nalbandian beat Djokovic in the semifinal, before recovering from a set down in the final to beat Federer.