The 25th-ranked Argentine moved Federer around the court with a
variety of groundstrokes. The title was Nalbandian's first since
winning the Estoril Open in May 2006.
Nalbandian, who beat No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Novak Djokovic
to reach the final, broke Federer three times and became the second
player this year to beat the top-three players en route to winning
a title. Djokovic also did it, 13 years after Boris Becker had last
"It's very important at this moment, a great way to finish the
season and to go into the next one," Nalbandian said. "To beat
such great players as I did this week makes it important."
Federer fell to 6-4 in finals this season. He was playing in his
first tournament since winning his fourth straight U.S. Open six
"I guess when you beat Djokovic and Nadal back-to-back, you
come into the final here very ready," Federer said.
It was Federer's first loss on indoor hard courts since
Nalbandian rallied to beat him at the Masters Cup in Shanghai
nearly two years ago.
"His serve surprised me some and I couldn't play as offensively
as I hoped, and when I had a chance I didn't play it as I liked,"
Federer said. "Today, I'm not too disappointed because I had a
good tournament, I played the first four matches well."