Playing in his first tournament since April (and his first world tour final in 1.5 years), David Nalbandian convincingly beat Croatian Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-2 at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Saturday night.
We were lucky enough to witness the demolition of the world no. 13 by the Argentine, who has been off the tour due to injury. Nalbandian had Cilic’s number and had him fudging his serves on multiple occasions. Cilic looked down and out before the second set even started, barely having a feel for the court.
The crowd enthusiastically supported both players and tried to help Cilic hold on, but, in the end, Nalbandian was the better player and advanced to Sunday’s final where he beat Marcos Baghdatis.
The more exciting match on Saturday night was the Men’s Doubles Semifinal of Mardy Fish and Mark Knowles against Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan.
One would think the veteran doubles player, Knowles, and all-American crowd-favorite, Fish, would have completely dominated their opponents. On Saturday night, that was not the case.
Both teams played extremely well with hard hitting and a lot of rallies of volleys at the net. While they lost 7-5, 7-5, with a little more experience, the duo of Bopanna and Quershi could prove to be doubles force in the near future.
(Photos: The Slice)