Former world number three David Nalbandian has 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, Thomas Pridesh and Juan Martin del Potro, before defeating each of the Big Three in his last three matches in Madrid. “Being the three guys (in the same tournament), it’s never happened before, it hasn’t happened yet.
It was a wonderful week. I’ve honestly been playing very well in the last few months before I got here. Didn’t get much results. I struggled here the first few rounds. You saved your match points, I think, round two or three. And then everything became unreal.
“I’ve played incredible tennis,” Nalbandian said on ATP Tennis Radio, as quoted by Sportskeeda.
Nalbandian: Beating the Big Three in Madrid gave me a lot of confidence
“After hitting all three in a row, you feel like you will defeat them every time.
If you win here, why not next week. It makes you full of confidence,” Nalbandian said. Before winning Madrid in 2007, Nalbandian fought three deep runs in the Caja Magica. Nalbandian finished second to Marat Safin in the 2004 Madrid final, while reaching back-to-back semi-finals in the tournament in 2005 and 2006.
The first victory for the Nalbandian hat-trick in Madrid in 2007 was Nadal, who defeated the Spaniard 6-1, 6-2. “I knew against Rafa, if I had the chance to hit him, he was here..inside, fast, inside, on high. Conditions for me were a lot better than they definitely were.
That year, he didn’t play much in the last few weeks (he took part in the tournament); It was a bit out of tune. I guess I didn’t miss a ball.” Nalbandian beat Djokovic in the semi-finals, before recovering from a delay in the final to defeat Federer.