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David Pablo Nalbandian is an Argentinian professional tennis player who is ranked 140th in the world as of February 1, 2010.
In 2004, Nalbandian made his best effort at the French Open reaching the semi-finals, again he lost to the eventual champion Gaston Gaudio. Although he did not win any titles in 2004, he did finish runner-up at both the Rome Masters and the Madrid Masters, losing to Carlos Moya and Marat Safin, respectively. He broke into the top 5 for the first time in his career in July and finished 2004 ranked as the world 9 player.
In 2005, Nalbandian advanced to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open, more importantly he won the Tennis Masters Cup, becoming only the second Argentine tennis player in history (after Guillermo Vilas in 1974) to win the end of year tournament. Having replaced American Andy Roddick, Nalbandian won two of his three group matches . In the semi-finals he defeated Russian Nikolay Davydenko and in the final, he beat World No. 1 Roger Federer in the fifth-set tiebreak. Nalbandian also became the first player to win the cup without previously attaining a Grand Slam or Masters Series title.
Roddick vs. Nalbandian 3rd Set Tiebreak
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