Days after announcing his retirement from tennis, the Argentinian David Nalbandian gave an exclusive interview to the Mutua Madrid Open's official website in which he explained his decision to leave tennis and discussed what has been a long and successful career.
After 13 years playing at the highest level, the Argentinian David Nalbandian announced his retirement from the world of tennis last week, bringing his long career to an end.
The retirement of one of the tour’s most charismatic players will leave a gap which is hard to fill and he will undoubtedly be missed by many of his peers, but Nalbandian himself will also miss being at tournaments, as he admitted in an exclusive interview with the Mutua Madrid Open’s website. The Argentinian explained the reasons behind his retirement and analysed some of the highlights of his career and the gaps in his CV.
- You have decided to bring your career to an end after 13 years at the top. What are your reasons for making this decision now?
After many years on tour, I have decided to retire as after the operation my shoulder no longer allows me to train as hard as I need to for the tour.
- What will you miss most about the tour?
I think I will miss my colleagues, also playing in the tournaments, the Davis Cup in particular. From now on I will be watching the matches from a distance, it won’t be easy.
- Do you plan to continue to work in tennis in one way or another in the future?
I am still not sure what my role will be, but I will certainly continue to work in tennis in some way.
- You are going to say goodbye to tennis and to your fans in an exhibition against Rafa Nadal later this year. What do you expect from the matches?
Playing with Rafa is always a pleasure as he is a friend. Saying goodbye to tennis with one of the best is a luxury.
- Let’s take a look at your career. You reached the final of Wimbledon in 2002, won the Masters Cup in 2005 and two Masters 1000, among others. What do you consider to be your most important victory?
I think the final of the 2005 Masters Cup was the most important victory of my career. I beat Roger Federer in five sets, I will never forget that win.
- You won the 2007 Mutua Madrid Open with a spectacular run in which you beat Rafa Nadal in the quarters, Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and Roger Federer in the final having been a set down. What memories do you have of that great week in Madrid?
I have great memories, as it was one of those weeks where I was able to play my best tennis!
- Apart from on that occasion, you have played several other times in Madrid and in Spain, as you did in the final of the Davis Cup in 2011 in Seville. What do you think of this country and its people?
It is a very beautiful country with exceptional people. I have many Spanish friends, on and off the circuit. I feel at home in Spain.
- Would you agree that not having won a Davis Cup, despite having played in three finals, is the biggest thorn in your side?
Yes, it really is one of the unturned stones of tennis for me. My dream was always to win the Davis Cup, let’s hope we do it soon.
- What is it that makes the tournament so special?
It is the only tournament in which we players have the chance to play for our countries, we play for pride. Also, the fact that we have never managed to win it makes me want it even more.
- What is the best thing tennis has given you. What is your favourite memory?
I take so many beautiful things away from tennis, friends, experiences, I visited so many countries. My favourite memory is, without a doubt, the final of the 2005 Masters Cup.