Nalbandian Returns with Win at Copa San Juan

by John on December 14, 2009

David Nalbandian’s return to competition over the weekend made many wonder if he’d ever really been away. The former World No. 3 blitzed Chilean Nicolas Massu 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday and followed that up with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over Argentine Gaston Gaudio yesterday to win the Copa San Juan Minero, a four-man exhibition event at San Juan, Argentina. Nalbandian played almost flawlessly against Massu in his first competitive match in over seven months after undergoing hip surgery in early May. Nalbandian moved fluidly, pounded his forehand with accuracy, drove backhand winners down the lines, came to the net upon occasion and served big. It was a sterling performance, almost classic Nalbandian. Yesterday’s match was a bit more ragged with many errors from both players. Still, Nalbandian kept the hammer down, breaking serve in the fourth game of each set and never letting Gaudio get the upper hand while closing out the match. “I felt really good, very happy. I haven’t been on a court for a long time and I felt great from the beginning,” Nalbandian said. “Coming onto the court with an ovation, people applauding on their feet, it was great.” Nalby’s form certainly was surprising after such a lengthy hiatus. The fact that he felt no pain during or after the matches definitely was encouraging too. Nalbandian’s comeback continues this week at the Peugeot Argentina Tennis Cup 2009 in Buenos Aires. The competition will be a bit stiffer than in San Juan with Marcos Baghdatis, Fernando Gonzalez, Juan Monaco, Carlos Moya and Marat Safin entered in the six-man exhibition.

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