Nalbandian to play in Auckland
Former world No.3
“Nalbandian is a quality player who has something special in his game as witnessed by his Grand Slam record of having reached a final and several semifinals,” Palmer said. “He’s the sort of player who has the ability to really challenge for the Heineken Open title and get back into the top 10.”
Nalbandian, who has dropped to No. 20 in the rankings, has the chance to retain the Heineken Open, from Jan. 11-16, for Argentina. Compatriot Juan Martin del Potro, the U.S. Open champion, won the tournament last year but is not returning to defend his title.
Nalbandian, 27, has made the finals of 20
He won 14 of his 21 matches in 2009 before the surgery in May.