Nalbandian wins Paris Masters
Paris, November 5:
David Nalbandian beat Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-0 on Sunday to win the Paris Masters and clinch his second straight Masters title after winning in Madrid last month.
The Argentine player broke Nadal in the ninth game of a tight first set and three times in the second. He clinched the match with a forehand that bounced off the net and landed inside the line.
Nalbandian beat the world’s two top-ranked players on his way to the title, having knocked out top-seeded Roger Federer in the third round. He also beat Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals at Madrid. Nadal lost the second set in 27 minutes as his serve fell apart. The three-time French Open champion won only 17 per cent of his second-serve points and had five winners to Nalbandian’s 25.
The Spaniard had both knees taped during the match and had not played in a final since beating Stanislas Wawrinka to win the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, on
July 22. It was Nadal’s
first defeat in 26 matches in Paris, as he has never lost at the French Open, where he is 21-0. He had also not lost a set 6-0 since losing the decider to Federer in the Hamburg Masters final on May 20.