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:

September 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

3391

David Nalbandian's Strengths

Serve

3 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * First Serve Won Points (73%)
    * 20% fewer Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve in the Average (32%)
    * First Serve Percentage (57%)
    * Second Serve Won Points (53%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve in the Average (32%)
    * Ratio of Double Faults (11%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (1%)

Return

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 2 times more Points & 10% fewer Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (32%)
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (54%)

Weaknesses:

    * High Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return
    * Received 8% more Aces/Service Winners than Average

Forehand

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * 30% more Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand Cross & Down the Line
    * Forehand Effectiveness in the Medium & Long Rallies (over 5 shots)
    * Forehand Touch on a short ball
    * Forehand Drop Shot (63% of the points won)

Weaknesses:

    * 10% more Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Cross
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Inside In

Backhand

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 2 times more Points for the same Ratio of Errors than his Rivals on Average​
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Down the Line
    * Very high Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Backhand Effectiveness in any kind of Rallies (short, medium & long)
    * Backhand Attacks on a short ball
    * Backhand Pass

Volley

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * 2 times more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Percentage of Points Won at the Net (74%)
    * Total of Points Won at the Net (16%)
    * 1-2 Punch Approach (7% of his total points won)
    * Points/Errors Volley Ratio (74%)
    * Baseline Approach (8% of his total points won)

Weaknesses:

    * Serve & Volley (1% of his total points won)

David Nalbandian's Game Style

Server

Medium

When compared with his rivals, this is with the Serve that David Nalbandian was the most dominated. He made on average 20% fewer aces/servie winners than them but it was more explained by his return position close to the baseline (which allowed his opponents to score more service winners) than his serve effectiveness which stand in the average of the ATP players (32%).

Puncher

Medium

Even though David Nalbandian was more a Tempo player who liked pace he could also accelerate slower balls with the forehand. Because of that he could also represent the Punchers.

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, 16% 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 (54%. of the points won).

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