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David Nalbandian – a star of yesteryear has a chance of winning his first ATP title since 2010 here at the Aegon Championships at the Queens's Club in London. He is really going to be pushing for this and it will give him a much needed boost before Wimbledon.
World No. 39 Nalbandian is a former Wimbledon finalist, showing that he knows how to play on grass. His all court game is really good, with backhand being his strength. He has struggled so far in 2012 and has a 21-11 win-loss record. He struggled in the opening round here and followed it with a strong, straight sets victories.
Against Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the pre-quarters, Nalbandian had an epic 3 setter that went down to the wire, before the Argentine could close the match. He was once again stretched to three sets in the quarterfinal against Xavier Malisse which he won 4-6,7-6,6-4. Fatigue might just have a role to play in the match as the 30 year-old isn't getting any younger.
His opponent today is Marin Cilic is one of the most enigmatic players in the game today. The right-hander, if on song can destroy any opponent but at the same time he can be self destructive on other days - that is the Cilic Conundrum. Ranked no. 25 in the world - Cilic has had a poor 2012, he has only made one final this year which came in May in Munich. His record this year stands at at 15-9 and he would be looking to improve on it. He made the finals of the BMW Open in Munich earlier this year, and this is only his second final of the year.
This match has all the ingredients of a classic and is a must watch. Their head to head record is 4 matches to 1 in the favour of the Argentine. They had also clashed at Indian Wells earlier this year, where the Argentine overcame the Croat in 2 sets.
TennisEarth picks a win for Nalbandian in a fierce three setter.
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