|1st serve %||50%||63%|
|1st serve points won||66%||71%|
|2nd serve points won||51%||53%|
|break points won||6/17||8/14|
There was continuing irritation from David, leading again to crowd disfavour. However, near the end, irritation gave way to simple straightforward pain.
Possibly the lowest point in the match came when David challenged a call in the fifth set, was shown wrong by HawkEye, and yet he stubbornly insisted that it was HawkEye that was wrong. There is no doubt that David is in need of the right kind of coach to coax him out of this kind of attitude.
Update 22jan09: Here are media reports on the match.
SMH/AAP: Nalbandian in shock defeat
Nalbandian said he did not feel he played particularly badly, but was surprised by how well Lu performed.
"I never saw him before, but I know that he played some good tennis," he said.
"I think he just played great today, better than me and that was enough to get the victory."
SMH/Linda Pearce: Sydney win a false dawn as night falls on Nalbandian
Update 22jan09: Match time and stats above were originally based on what the AO website provided just after the match. These have been updated since and consequently corrected here.
Update 9feb09: As reported at David's own website:
Nalbandian paid the price for his physical debilitation due to his participation in Sydney, the tournament he won last week.
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