Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lawn Tennis: Nalbandian Falls to World's Number 61

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lawn Tennis: Nalbandian Falls to World's Number 61

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Byline: Emma Stoney

DAVID Nalbandian became the highest-profile casualty in the men's draw as he crashed out in the second round of the Australian Open.

The number 10 seed was ousted by Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4 5-7 4-6 6-4 6-2 in an epic battle which lasted five minutes short of four hours.

Nalbandian saved three match points at 5-2 down but could not convert the six break-point chances he had and Lu finally fired a winner down the line to seal a famous win.

It is the first time the world number 61 has made it into the third round of a grand slam event and he was clearly delighted.

"I just had nothing to lose today, because he's a top 10 player and I'm 61 in the world and I have no pressure on me,"

Lu said.

Nalbandian had no excuses for his performance. "He just played great today, better than me, and that was enough to give him the victory," the Argentinian said.

Lu's heroics have earned him a thirdround date with 21st seed Tommy Robredo, who beat Viktor Troicki. …

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