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.
Tempo / Very 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.
Offensive / Medium-high
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).
Retriever / 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.
Puncher / Medium-high
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%).