Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A New Layout - y Feliz Cumpleaños a David!

In time for the start of the new year and for David's 27th birthday today, here it is, a new look for Vamos David. We hope you'll like it.

And we also hope that David will provide us with many great matches to write about on the blog, this year. That he'll stay free from injuries. That he'll have more success at the Grand Slams than last season. And that together with the Argentine team he might get another chance to fulfill his dream of winning the Davis Cup.

In any case, we'll continue to try and do our best, keeping you up-to-date. :)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

David gets a mention for Sydney

My apologies for this latish blog post. I receive email updates on the Sydney tournament so I don't bother to visit the website itself. Today, I decided to do so and found this article: Aussie No.1 heading to Sydney. Now I am a fan of Sam Stosur so I had a closer look and I was surprised to see David mentioned:
The men’s field boasts two of the world’s top ten players, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon, as well as Argentine David Nalbandian and Aussie favourite Lleyton Hewitt.

It has been my experience in the last couple of years to see David sidelined. However, I have to say that the article writer here need not have mentioned him, since he is currently "only" ranked at #11. But he did rate a mention.

Well, maybe the Aussie commentators and reporters are sitting up and paying a little more attention to our own favourite tennis player.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Vázquez new Argentine team captain

(photo: La Nacion)

The council of the AAT has appointed Modesto "Tito" Vázquez (pictured above) as the new captain of the Argentine Davis Cup team, with Ricardo Rivera, who's also in charge of the Fed Cup team, as his vice-captain. Vázquez already led the Argentine Davis Cup team between 1986 and 1988. He was also captain of the Venezuelan and Paraguayan team and has worked as a coach. Vázquez is currently "Director of Development" for the AAT.

According to Arturo Grimaldi, vice-president of the AAT, the final decision was between the duos Jaite/Zabaleta and Vázquez/Rivera. The council went for the second option, regardless of the fact that most players had openly voiced their support for Jaite.

Martin Jaite tried his best to hide his disappointment, talking about the council's decision during a press conference for next year's Copa Telmex.
"I would've liked it very much to be captain but the AAT called me and told me that it wasn't going to be me. Tito Vázquez was my captain 22 years ago and I think he's a great professional. It's not like they just elect someone. I can hardly offer an objective view of their choice because I was involved in this for quite some time." (source: Olé - Un capitán Modesto")
Others have been very outspoken, criticizing this decision. Former Argentine player José Luis Clerc has called it "a triumph of cronyism" and Vázquez "not the captain that Argentina needs" as there are others "more up to date with what is happening on the Tour". (source: Olé - "Triunfó el amiguismo")
David hasn't commented on the appointment of the new team captain yet. But it can be assumed that he's not too happy about it.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The last match of the year

(photo from Olé)

Last year, David won the Copa Argentina at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club (where the Copa Telmex is also held). But this this time, his visit turned out to be a rather short one. David lost his opening match against Juan Ignacio Chela, who prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Before the match, there had been speculations about how the crowd would welcome David after the Davis Cup final. And initially, their greeting didn't seem to go beyond a token display of respect. But the crowd warmed to him again during the match and in the end bid David a very friendly goodbye.

Chela, who hasn't played an official match since Roland Garros, was dominant in the first set, making well over 80% first serves and hardly losing any points on serve. David on the other hand struggled with his serve from the start and also made quite a lot of unforced errors.
The beginning of the second set saw Chela's serve grow a little weaker while David played a little better and went up an early break he then handed back to Chela, thanks to a poor service game at 4-2. But David managed to break again when Chela served to stay in the set.
In the third set David again went up an early break and then gave it back. They stayed on serve until David got broken to make it 6-5 Chela, who then went on to serve out the match.

As far as I can tell from watching the match on a rather poor stream David seemed tired and somewhat lacklustre. Perhaps, it's not too bad that the Copa Argentina is over for him.

So this was it, David's last match this year.
Goodbye 2008...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Copa Argentina update

While David's preparation for the new season has by now officially begun, and without a coach, the draw for the Copa Argentina was pulled at Buenos Aires on Tuesday. For a field that has changed in the meantime. Juan Ignacio Chela replaces Delpo. And Gaston Gaudio replaces Carlos Moya.

Here's what the draw looks like:

Guillermo Cañas vs Juan Monaco

Feliciano Lopez vs Agustin Calleri

David vs Juan Ignacio Chela
José Acasuso vs Gaston Gaudio

Matches will begin on Thursday, at 20:30 local time.
David will play his first match on Friday, also at 20:30.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Sydney line-up

From the ATP Tennis site, here is the list of players for Sydney [my additions quoting from the ATP article]:
Official Medibank International Sydney line-up (men’s)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA (6)
Gilles Simon FRA (7)
David Nalbandian ARG (11)
Igor Andreev RUS (19)
Tomas Berdych CZE (20)
Tommy Robredo ESP (21)
Dmitry Tursunov RUS (22) - [defending champion]
Mardy Fish USA (24)
Richard Gasquet FRA (25)
Radek Stepanek CZE (27)
Feliciano Lopez ESP (30) - ["Spanish Davis Cup star"]
Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA (31)
Rainer Schuettler GER (33)
Jurgen Melzer AUT (34)
Andreas Seppi ITA (35)
Mario Ancic CRO (36)
Jarkko Nieminen FIN (37)
Michael Llodra FRA (40)
Simone Bolelli ITA (41)
Lleyton Hewitt AUS (67) wild card

   Tsonga and Gasquet appearing at the 2008 event.

   © Getty Images

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

David "shown no mercy" with fine of $10,000

Tennis Australia has a report on the Davis Cup: Argentina searching for a Davis Cup captain which I'll quote in full:
Shell-shocked Argentina is set to name a new Davis Cup captain by the end of the year as the proud nation vows that the disappointment of losing the final at home to Spain will not be repeated.

Alberto Mancini announced he was stepping down after four years following the 3-1 defeat by a visiting side missing the injured Rafael Nadal. And Argentine federation bosses say they will have a new man in place promptly, with the first round of the 2009 competition fast approaching in March against the underpowered Netherlands.

While refusing to name names, officials hint that those in the running could include Martin Jaite, trainer of David Nalbandian, and former player Gabriel Markus.

Arthur Grimaldi called Jaite "one of the best candidates, and has possibilities. But there are several men who could be the next captain."

Officials also defended Nalbandian, who was fined $10,000 by the International Tennis Federation for refusing to attend a media conference after Spain took the lead with a doubles win.

"How many Davis Cup press conferences have we had this season, 30? Everyone was there. It was poor form for Nalbandian not to appear but he has also been shown no mercy."

Argentina, rather than Spain...

Perhaps, David is bit of a sore loser after all... ;)
In any case, he has by now pulled out of the Málaga exhibition. David will, however, play the Copa Argentina - officially "Copa Peugeot Argentina de Tenis" - at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club from December 11 - 14.
There, he will be reunited with the rest of the Davis Cup team, as Delpo, Agustin Calleri and José Acasuso are also going to take part. The eight-player field will be completed by Guillermo Canas, Juan Monaco, Carlos Moya and Feliciano Lopez (I'd like to see what kind of welcome he gets at Buenos Aires), with Juan Ignacio Chela as alternate.

There's a video about the event on YouTube (in Spanish).

David won the Copa Argentina for the second time last year, defeating Juan Monaco 6-4, 7-5 in the final. Here's a picture of him with the trophy.