Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Q & A with David

No news from David and his recovery. And also no news from the ITF, so far.
Instead, I've found the following interview David gave Quenonino.com, an Uruguayan site. Though actually, it's more of a Q & A with brief questions and equally brief answers about David's career in general. From the very beginnings to the question for how much longer his career will continue.
Q: How did your love for tennis begin? When did you decide to play professionally?
David: I started playing tennis when I was still very young, imitating a little what my my older brothers did. By the time I was 12 years old, I was at the top of the Argentine rankings in my category.

Q: Who was your point of reference before you start playing?
David: I've always admired Boris Becker.

Q: Do you remember your debut at an ATP tournament?
David: I played my first match as a professional tennis player in 2000, against the former world number one Jim Courier. It was a narrow defeat. [Miami R1, Courier won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5]

Q: When your career was under construction, in 2007 [after a poor season until then], you beat Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. What was that experience like?
David: The second half of 2007 was a great moment in my career. Having defeated all three of them at the Masters in Madrid and having established myself was a unique experience.

Q: How does being inside the Top10 change you?
David: Becoming a Top10 [player] is an indication that you're doing things right. I tried to not let it change me in any way and I'm going to continue my efforts to try and always have the highest possible ranking.

Q: Which tournament did you enjoy winning the most? And why?
David: Shanghai Masters 2005 was a title that I enjoyed very much, where I won the final against Roger Federer. Also the Masters 1000 at Madrid and Paris that I won in 2007 are among the highlights of my career.

Q: Tell me about the worst moment and the best since you've started competing professionally.
David: Without a doubt, the Davis Cup final we lost against Spain in 2008 was a difficult moment, and the best have been many.

Q: What is the difference between competing at ATP events and in Davis Cup? What do you enjoy the most?
David: I enjoy Davis Cup the most because it allows me to represent my country, whereas on the Tour, everyone plays for their own honour. The Davis Cup is an exceptional competition and I hope that this year we can win it.

Q: You're the first Latin American player to have reached the semifinal at all of the four Grand Slams. What does that mean to you?
David: It's a great satisfaction. Apart from that a Grand Slam title remains to be one of my goals.

Q: What about the other Argentine players, like Schwank, Monaco or Del Potro?
David: I think Argentina has high-level players like them, with many qualities that enable them to continue climbing in the rankings. In fact, some have won some very important things like Juan Martin del Potro who was champion at the US Open.

Q: Have you seen Pablo Cuevas play?
David: Yes, many times. In fact, I've trained with him several times. I have a very good relationship with Pablo.

Q: What are the keys to being successful in a highly competitive sport like tennis?
David: I think that just like with most professions, the key lies in the effort and giving your best.

Q: How much time do you spend the Fundaci├│n David Nalbandian?
David: When I'm playing on the Tour it's more complicated but I always try to be informed of all the projects we are undertaking. On April 14 we'll have the gala dinner of the foundation to raise funds so that we can continue helping people in need.

Q: Do you think that the monopoly of Nadal and Federer is over and that the competition is more open now?
David: Nadal, Roger and Djokovic are in great form now and I think that apart from the temporary ups and downs, they will always fight in every tournament they play.

Q: If the injuries cease now, do you have an estimated date for retiring from tennis?
David: I haven't thought about my retirement. My idea is to play two more years.

Apart from that, there's another addition to David's busy schedule for the coming months (thanks, Istabraq) - though maybe not a completely surprising one.
David, "firmly regarded as a favourite of the event", has once more agreed to take part in The Boodles Challenge. The exhibition event at Stoke Park takes place the week before Wimbledon (July 14-18). And last year, there was even a stream for it...


  1. Strange for David to do an interview for press in Uruguay - no idea how you managed to find that Julia! Maybe through Google News?

    David answers these questions as if the last couple of years haven't really happened. But I guess he also wasn't asked much about the present.

  2. I am sad since last year when I think my favorite players getting older and I don't see much from them. I hope that the 2 years David mentioned he didn't count this year in it.

  3. Krystle, no, not really strange. Uruguay is Argentina's next-door neighbour, close ties between the two. And I've used articles from Uruguay before, also Chile, Spain and a variety of non-Spanish-speaking countries. This one I found via Twitter.

    Ashot, yeah, that's the question... I don't know. I mean, David's estimate of how long he'll go on playing has changed many times before. The only thing that's certain is that he won't be around forever...

  4. this how many years David is still gonna play tennis thing has nothing to do with what David says, cuz quiet frankly even David doesnt know the answer. It depends on his upcomming results, on the Davis cup and featness. If next year he finds him self not able to compete with the A class players because of his fitness, he might easily retire, but if he finds him self reaching Masters finals and defeating the very best, he will go on and go on until his body shuts down. So lets hope he will do some upsets and go deep in the slams once again.

  5. It will be a sad day in my life when David retires. I'm counting on him to come strong into Roland Garros this year and win it. :)

  6. I pray your prediction comes true bfb.

  7. unfortunately RG is the only slam i see dave has no chance of winning anymore. its physically much tougher and david doesnt move like he use to.

    he has better chance at the other slams, lets hope for an easy draw and some luck he deserves it.

    another thing is the rise of djokovic, i dont see anyone geting past him if he plays like AO, he moves so well and its incredibly hard to hit winners against him.

  8. I don't expect much at RG either. The Round of 16 would be great. Fitness and health will most likely determine how long David plays. If he stays injury free, I don't see any reason he can't play two more years after this one. There is a but, however. If Argentina were to win the DC this year, I'm no so sure he wouldn't hang it up.

  9. True... And yeah, much will depend on whether he stays healthy. And on how successful he'll be - it was after Washington that his estimate reached an all-time high of 3-4 more years.
    But in the end, it's his decision and I guess there are also other factors we don't know anything about.

    It's just that seeing Becker's name mentioned here reminds me of how I've been through this before...

  10. If he gets hot during one of the slams he can go deep,but hes got to try to get to the second week without a tough 5 setter in the first or second round.

  11. When I watch him in Slams since last years I always hope that he wins as soon as possible. And about RG, since last season already I don't count it in the chances for David's win in a Grand Slam. He has hardly any chance physically and will get injured in the semi by the latest.
    But we can only guess because we didn't saw him physically good in last years. Now there is a new chance that can see a new strong David after the last operation and his and his doctor's confidence and optimism.