DAVID NALBANDIAN

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

01/01/1982

Birthplace:

Cordoba, Argentina

Residence:

Cordoba, Argentina

Height:

5'11'' / 180 cm

Weight:

175 lbs / 79 kg

Last Update:

November 2020

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

6070

David Nalbandian's Strengths

Serve

2 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * First Serve Percentage & First Won Points in the Average (60%/71%)
    * 20% fewer Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Second Serve Won Points (53%)
    * First Serve Percentage & First Won Points in the Average (60%/71%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (27%)
    * Ratio of Double Faults (11%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (1%)

Return

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 2 times more Winners/Forcing Errors for the same Ratio of Unforced Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * Very high Ratio of Winners/Forcing Errors with the Forehand & Backhand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (32%)
    * Received 7% fewer Aces/Service Winners than Average
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (54%)

Weaknesses:

    * High Ratio of Unforced Errors with the Backhand Return

Forehand

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 30% more Winners/Forcing Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Winners/Forcing Errors with the Forehand Cross & Down the Line
    * Won 57% of the Rallies after playing 2 Forehands Cross in a row
    * Won 58% of the Rallies after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Won 59% of the Rallies after playing a Forehand Inside In
    * Forehand Effectiveness in the Medium & Long Rallies (over 5 shots)
    * Forehand Touch on a short ball
    * Forehand Drop Shot (65% of the points won)

Weaknesses:

    * 10% more Unforced Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Winners/Forcing Errors with the Forehand Inside In
    * High Ratio of Unforced Errors with the Forehand Cross
    * Won 44% of the Rallies after playing 2 Forehands Inside Out in a row

Backhand

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 2 times more Winners/Forcing Errors for the same Ratio of Unforced Errors than his Rivals on Average​
    * High Ratio of Unforced Errors with the Backhand Down the Line
    * Very high Ratio of Winners/Forcing Errors with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Won 47% of the Rallies after playing a Backhand Slice
    * Won 52% of the Rallies after playing 2 Backhands Cross in a row
    * Won 55% of the Rallies after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Backhand Effectiveness in any kind of Rallies (short, medium & long)
    * Backhand Drop Shot (59% of the points won when played)
    * Backhand Pass

Volley

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * 60% more Winners/Forcing Errors with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Percentage of Points Won at the Net (72%)
    * Total of Points Won at the Net (17%)
    * 1-2 Punch Approach (72% of the points won)
    * Chip & Charge (59% of the points won)
    * Baseline Approach (9% of his total points won)

Weaknesses:

    * None

David Nalbandian's Game Style

Server

Medium-low

When compared with his rivals, this is with the Serve that David Nalbandian was the most dominated. He made on average 20% fewer aces/service winners. When his first serve landed in 27% of the time it was unreturned (below average). He also made more double faults than average (11%).

Puncher

Medium-low

Even though David Nalbandian was more a Tempo player than a Puncher, he still possessed an outstanding forehand. He made on average 30% more winners/forcing errors with his forehand than his rivals.

Tempo Player

Very high

Unlike the majority of the Argentinian players on tour, David Nalbandian was a dominant Tempo player. Taking the ball on the rise and being as aggressive with the forehand as with the backhand, he was more a hard court than a clay court specialist. As most of the Tempo players, his best shots were the backhand and the return.

Offensive Player

Medium-high

When he had a chance, David Nalbandian often followed his forehand or backhand to the net (1-2 punch approach & baseline approach). In total, 17% of his points were won at the net (with or without a volley to play) and this was just above average.

Retriever

Medium

David Nalbandian was a Tempo player who could Punch but also Retrieve. His defensive and counterpunching skills were excellent and when the rallies extended he was more effective than his rivals (55% of the points won in the rallies over 5 shots).

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