In this final part, David talks about a variety of things. And it's all not quite as serious as it was in the second part...
Q: Do you find it boring, does it maybe feel strange to move from one locker room to the next and always, all the time you get to see the same faces?
David: ...We're a travelling circus. (laughs) We change circuses but the clowns stay the same. (laughs) It's a question of getting used to it, but it's tough because we see these faces all year round, everywhere in the world and it's unbelievable. At the same time it's good because in every city you start to have your restaurant, your hotel that you like... It's really amazing how each player adapts to the city where he's staying.
The place where we stayed in Paris was super-small, where the people from IMG stayed, where Rafa stayed, and Moya, and where I stayed... We were all there. In a hotel that's totally super-modest, tiny, well-located, close to the Champs Elysées. But it's unbelievable how you adjust to the different cities and how you get used to it.
Q: Would you change anything about the game, about the rules? For example, having your coach on court, would that be helpful for you?
David: With me in particular it wouldn't help much. (laughs) It's different for everyone. There are players who know exactly what they're doing well and what they're doing badly in that situation. Others know it and need confirmation. And there are some who don't realize it, not even if someone from outside tells them... This is something very personal. On the one hand I think it's a good idea because at the end of a set you can talk to your coach for a minute, he can help you change the course of match, help you turn it around. Whenever it's raining, you go back to the locker room and you spend 5, 10, 15 minutes or two hours talking [to your coach], depending on how long it rains. And then you get back on court and it doesn't always help you... You can't always implement the tactics you've planned. But on the other hand, in the history of tennis, there has never been something like that. Although with this thing about the coach [being on court], I see more positive than negative aspects. Instead, changes should be made to the calendar, because it's a total massacre. It cannot be that right now, everybody is injured and that by the time you retire from tennis your body is completely destroyed. Sport is about health, one hundred percent. But if competitive sport is total destruction, then in that sense it raises a lot of issues. But behind it there's a business. The ATP, television, the tournament directors, a very, very well-armed circle so it's impossible to cut it down.
Q: Do you agree with the amounts of prize money, with men and women receiving the same amount at some tournaments, for example at the Grand Slams?
David: If you deserve it, I don't see any problem. The problem is that we have to play five sets and end up dead on our feet. I don't watch a lot of women's tennis, because there's a big difference between men's and women's tennis. For example, I used to like to watching Hingis, Justine Henin and I like watching Schiavone, an Italian player. I don't like watching the Williams sisters, for example, because they play very physical tennis, with power. I like players who play well, tactically, who hit a shot in order to set up their next shot. I don't remember the era of Sabatini or Arantxa Sanchez. But even with the men, when you see a guy who just bashes the ball, and bashes, and keeps bashing it for two hours, that's not fun to watch, either because it makes you want to say - go for something else, try something different in the rally...
Q: Nor do they win many tournaments...
David: But it's very difficult. It happens to me, too. I'm a player who takes risks but I don't hit the ball very hard. You have a good day, a bad day, three good days, one bad day. It's very tough to play taking risks all the time, all week, all year.
Q: How many times during a normal match do you put the ball where you really want it? For example, when you hit a shot down the line.
David: You always direct your shots at a sector. When you're hitting down the line, if you're lucky you make one of those shots out of ten. We're talking about a margin for error of 2cm, 5cm, here. Our usual margin for error is one metre, half a metre. Within that half metre, eighty percent of the balls will land. You're always trying to hit a certain zone. For example, with the service box you have a zone of one meter and eighty percent of the balls go there. (...)
Q: In sports, they don't forgive you for the smallest of errors. Artists and musicians for example use substances but for athletes it's completely impossible.
David: I'm very much against the current anti-doping system, to me it's a violation [of privacy]. There are people who say that if you're not available [for testing] for three days, you can "clean up" things you've been taking. The truth, like I've recently said, is that I'm not aware that you can clean up doping in three days.
Q: Has it ever happened to you that you couldn't believe the physical stamina any of your opponents had?
David: No, no. For example, Rafa, who was initially much talked and rumoured about in this context, if you know him you realize that this guy has breakfast at 6 in the morning with the same intensity he has at 2.30 in the night, playing Playstation games, and then he sleeps for three hours. He just lives at a high speed. And I'd say to you... (grabs his head) That's incredible. It's more than that. I'd give him a sedative instead of something to make him run even more. (laughs) With Rafa, you have someone who never sleeps. He's great, a good guy, we've always had a fantastic relationship. I've shared many things with him because when he started playing, my manager was his manager and we share the same physician, as well... We've become well acquainted.
Q: Is it hard for you to leave that relationship outside the court, when you're playing against Rafa, for example?
David: To be the No.1 at this level, you have to get the friendship out of your head and say, tomorrow I want to be here again [playing the next round] and so I want to win, whether I play well or play badly, whether it's against a friend or an enemy, whoever it is I'm going to face. You have to win in order to survive, because tennis is for winners. Although it's also a sport for losers because everybody loses and only one player wins in the end. The only one you remember afterwards is the one who won.
Q:: David, are you afraid you might not be able to play tennis as well again as before surgery?
David: No. No, because I played that way [with the injury] for one and a half years, almost two years, including Davis Cup. It's not going to be worse than the way it was. But playing on one leg I was still pretty good. (laughs) It happens to us [players] when we go on a holiday for 20 days. During the first week of training, you can't get a ball inside the whole club. And after that you hit the ball normally.
Q: If you could choose, who would you like to be in another life: Manu Ginobili [Argentine basketball idol], Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, or Sébastien Loeb [French rallye driver, multiple world champion]?
David: (laughs) They're all stars. That depends on the point of view. I think that Federer's whole life is much more dedicated [to his sport] than Loeb's although it's much less dangerous. The training is different, your way of spending the weeks of the year is different. I always say that different sports are impossible to compare because one is in the water, one is in the air, one [person] plays tennis and another one plays football. It's impossible to compare them. I like Loeb... So, I might like being Tiger. Federer because it's the sport I play myself, for the titles he has, for the records he's breaking and will continue to break. And because for me, he's the best in the history of tennis, without any doubt.
Q: Do you have three or four people you would like to thank for your career?
David: My family. The family is always important and it's even more important for a sporting career that starts when you're still young. It's always important I think, beyond winning or losing, when you need advice and to say, 'yes, do it that way'. Don't forget that at only twelve years of age, you're travelling around the world by yourself. And don't forget that when you return, regardless of whether you've won or lost, whether you've done well or poorly, there's always your family. And there are many decisions that your parents have to make for you. If you have your parents, or there's a family that misses him [the young player] a little, it conditions the boy for the years to come, there's no doubt about it.