Q: How is the recovery going?
David: We're within the normal time frame for [recovering from] a tear. I still feel discomfort. Not like in the beginning, but I'm still not ready to play [a match], I feel discomfort when I serve, but not when I'm playing. It doesn't make sense to be taking risks now, after having been away from the circuit for eight months.
Q: This might complicate your Davis Cup participation.
David: Look, I don't know, because it's different surfaces. I'll make my comeback on clay and the tie will be played on carpet. I'll arrive there, having played merely two tournaments and I won't have a lot of match practice. Had I been able to return as planned, I would've played more tennis by now, a five-set match or two in Australia. But now I'll be facing five-set matches on a different surface. It's not really ideal. Hopefully, I'll feel spectacular from the start, in Buenos Aires. But it's very rare to start that well.
Q: Have you spoken to the captains, to Tito Vazquez or Rivera?
David: I haven't spoken to them. By the time they came to Auckland, I had already returned [to Argentina]. The thing is that I don't know how I'll be and no matter how much I want to play, maybe I won't be able to. My plan is to play in Buenos Aires and Acapulco, one or two matches at each tournament. What I want is to gain rhythm and match practice, playing competitive tennis, and then be fine the next day because the doctors have told me that I'll be in pain, that I will feel discomfort. At worst, I'll wait until the last minute to see how I am. But they can always count on me for Davis Cup.
Q: Would you go there to play just one single match? Maybe, for example, the fifth rubber on Sunday?
David: I'll do anything to win the tie. I'm willing to do whatever it takes. We'll have to have a clear idea about who gets to play which rubber, which rubbers are winnable, where we can take risks. If I'm my usual self, you know that I want to play everything. The basic question here is how to plan everything with the team, how I feel, how we'll go about trying to win the different rubbers.
Q: You'll come back now with a very low ranking. Does that affect your plans in any way?
David: It won't change much because I'll be defending points the first week, something that, although I'll be playing, will be difficult because I either win the tournament or I'll go down [in the rankings]. I'll get wildcards for various tournaments and if not, I will make use of the protected ranking. The question is how I'm going to do at all those tournaments, including Buenos Aires. My next goal is to try to get a good enough ranking again to see if I can go to Roland Garros and Wimbledon as a 30 or 32 seed. And then have a decent ranking for the US Open and the last tournaments of the year. The ranking, however, is not a concern. If I do well at a couple of tournaments it'll improve again.
Update (Monday, 01/02)
Talking about coming back with a low ranking - David has lost another ten places (now that the points for last year's Australian Open have come off) and is currently ranked #140.
Update II (Wednesday, 03/02)
This is where David will be playing his first match in Buenos Aires:
As announced by the Copa Telmex officials, David and David Ferrer will "put on their flip-flops to star in the first duel of the Copa Telmex on the beach", an exhibition match "to which Nalbandian has challenged Ferrer". The match will take place at the Parque de los Niños on Saturday, February 13, 6pm local.
Tamar, who has sent me the news about this from Mar Del Plata, won't be able to attend but she'll be at the Copa Telmex all week, so we can look forward to her photos and reports from the BALTC.