Although the by then Tennis Masters Cup 2005 was played in Shanghai, it could well have been any tournament played in the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club from Palermo. In that edition, there were four Argentinians who disputed the contest: David Nalbandian, Guillermo Coria, Gastón Gaudio and Mariano Puerta.
Coria was the only one who entered the tournament thanks to his position in the race of champions. Nalbandian entered for the low Andy Roddick, who had a shoulder injury. Gaudio did the same due to the non-participation of Lleyton Hewitt since his wife was expecting the birth of her first child during those days.
Puerta, meanwhile, had a little more fortune than the rest: he entered the tournament after Rafael Nadal, his executioner in the semi-final at Roland Garros that year, decided not to participate just hours before his debut after sustaining an injury to the anterior peroneal-talus ligament in his left foot.
Nalbandian and Coria were part of the Rojo group together with Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) and Roger Federer (SUI). The only one who had the chance to qualify was the Spaniard with victories against Coria and Federer’s current coach. The magician, meanwhile, fell in his three presentations.
Gaudio and Puerta, for their part, were part of the Amarillo group together with Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) and Fernando González (CHI). The cat, 2004 Roland Garros champion, reached the semifinals after beating Puerta and González and adding a loss to Davydenko; Puerta, on the other hand, fell into all his commitments.
In the semifinals, Gaudio suffered one of his worst defeats against Federer 6-0 and 6-0, while Nalbandian beat Davydenko 6-0, 7-5. In the final, the Cordovan made great history by beating Federer, who until then had lost only three games that year.
The final had epic tints and it was for the Argentine after turning the result by 6-7 (4), 6-7 (11), 6-2, 6-1 and 7-6 (3).