David Nalbandian, from Argentina
, is currently ranked as the No. 8 men's tennis player in the world. Born January 1, 1982, he has 5 singles titles to his name, and in early 2006 he rose to No. 3 in the world, on account of defeating world #1 Roger Federer
the previous year at the Shanghai
Tennis Masters Cup final.
Nalbandian is of Armenian
descent; his last name means "one who makes horse shoes" in Armenian. He turned pro in 2000 and has earned a total of $7,171,094 in prize money.
He is known for his searing two-handed backhand down the line as well as his incredible foot speed. He is principally a base-liner with a very good return
of serve, but he can be an aggressive net
player when the occasion
calls for it. The main weakness in his manner
of play, as former great John McEnroe
has pointed out, is his sometimes very low first serve percentage. It may be fair to say that he does not have the emotional strength and calm under pressure as say, a Nikolay Davydenko
. He has been known to get a significant lead in a match before breaking down mentally and "giving the game away".