Nalbandian Shocks Federer

World no. 25 pulls off trifecta in Madrid after knocking off nos. 2 and 3
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Oct 21, 2007 8:19 PM CDT
David Nalbandian of Argentina celebrates after winning a point on his way to beating Roger Federer of Switzerland during the final of the Madrid Masters tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Sunday Oct....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – David Nalbandian achieved a rare trifecta in Madrid for his first Masters Series title, knocking off world no. 1 Roger Federer in the finals after eliminating no. 2 Rafael Nadal and no. 3 Novak Djokovic earlier in the tournament. Nalbandian came back from a set down to edge an uncharacteristically erratic Federer, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The loss, just Federer's seventh of 2007, was his first indoor setback since a Shanghai loss in 2005, also to Nalbandian. Said the rueful Swiss star of losing to the 25th-ranked Argentine: "I guess when you beat Nadal and Djokovic back-to-back you come into the final feeling better than ever."