Nalbandian enters Wimbledon semis

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

David Nalbandian became 1st Argentine to reach the men's semifinals at Wimbledon when he overcame Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti in five sets.

Nalbandian enters Wimbledon semis

Wimbledon:

David Nalbandian became the first Argentine player to reach the men's semifinals at Wimbledon when he overcame Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti in five sets today.Nalbandian, playing in his first Wimbledon, fell onto his back and covered his face with his hands after he hit a winning overhead to close out the 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 victory on Court 2.Lapentti was critical of the All England Club for scheduling the match away from the main courts. "I think it's stunning that a quarterfinal match is played on Court 2," Lapentti said. "I don't want to make it as an excuse, but I'm disappointed. To make it so far, you want to play in a stadium, in the big courts".Rain delays forced all quarterfinals to be played today. Tim Henman's rain-delayed win over Andre Sa was played on Centre Court. On Court 1, Lleyton Hewitt beat Sjeng Schalken and Xavier Malisse downed Richard Krajicek.The previous best showing at Wimbledon by an Argentine was by Guillermo Vilas, who lost in the quarterfinals in 1975 and 1976.Nalbandian is also the first man to reach the semis in his Wimbledon debut since John McEnroe in 1977.He's the second South American semifinalist in Wimbledon history. The first was Peru's Alex Olmedo, who won the title in 1959, beating Rod Laver in the final. Olmedo was a US resident at the time but was a Peruvian citizen.Nalbandian had 44 winners, 14 more than Lapentti. Nalbandian also had 37 unforced errors, 12 fewer than Lapentti. (AP)



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