Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fue Buena: 2012 David's Last Season

You may remember the Argentine Fue Buena blog I've often used as a source of info. Over the years, I've come to appreciate it as one of the most reliable Argentine sources - if not the most reliable one. And the same goes for the journalist behind that blog, Jorge Viale.
The same Jorge Viale who, before the US Open, wrote a detailed analysis of David's situation and the impact of his injuries on his career, including his ability to train properly.

Last night, in a new post for Fue Buena, he wrote about David's latest injury and the tests in Barcelona, which showed that the strain in his left hamstring isn't too bad as such but, according to Dr. Ruiz-Cotorro, "it's in a dangerous place and must be treated like a tear". Adding that David will get some rest at home in Unquillo now before beginning with his preparations on clay.

But the big news, the "surreptitious bomb" from David that he was going to drop, he reserved for the last paragraph:
Nalbandian knows that no matter how difficult the final will be he still has two chances of fulfilling his great dream. One is Sevilla in December, the other will begin in Germany in 2012, the year which will be his last one as a professional tennis player.
Coming from another site, from another source I'd probably take news like this with a grain of salt. Also because David's own estimate of how much longer he'll play on the Tour has always varied, depending on how well he was doing at the time he was asked. But coming from Viale and Fue Buena, and also coming at the end of this season, David's first since 2005 without a title and one during which he was only able to play a total of 34 matches... Maybe it's time to realise that 2012 will indeed be the last we'll get to see of David.

22 comments:

  1. Sad news, but it's understandable. It's been a tough few years, since after the 2008 season where he's actually had a "normal" season. I wish him the best for the davis cup and his 2012 season, and if it is to be his last then I will accept his decision. I for one have been glad that we have been blessed to see such a gifted tennis player, and although he may or may not have lived up to his full potential, he did show us how tennis is meant to be played.

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  2. True,it was tennis how it was supposed to be played,now go get that DC David!

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  3. Oh well...we kinda got the feeling that there would not be much time for him. I will enjoy watching him play as long as it's possible. And, for what it's worth, Viale's information has always been reliable.

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  4. Its still his call in the end I mean.Probably David told him this in the last few days so a lot can change by the end of 2012,but I mean if he has a successful and injury free 2012 why stop?Then again if its gonna be like 2011 then ya,maybe he should hang up the raquet.While talking about retirements,is Ferrero gonna retire or not after Valencia,I think he did say he would earlier but he has had a pretty good second half of the season,the US Open 4th round,Stuttgart...did he maybe change his mind?

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  5. I think it depends on how he feels by the end of 2012 - if he is still injured on-and-off, then he should quit (because this has been going on since 2008, and it is frustrating).

    If he manages to play as a full-time player and has decent results, perhaps he would change his mind and stay for 1-2 more years?

    I still want him to have 1 final deep run in a Grand Slam - he simply did horribly in Grand Slam since 2007 (when the injuries started to happen).

    I actually think his carrer was living up to expectations in 2002-2007 - winning Master Cup, having a good record against Federer, reaching SF of all 4 Grand Slams.

    It is just unfortunate things started to turn downhill since +-2007-2008. The injuries never come to a stop.

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  6. 2008 I think wasnt that bad of a season,in term of results.

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  7. But it must have been horrible for him, as he played most of that season with his hip injury.

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  8. I guess he has spent the last two seasons, hoping for things to get better with those constant injuries. But that simply hasn't happened.
    So I've asked the question before - how long until he has enough? And if he says now that one more season will be enough then I can't blame him for it.

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  9. Ah, the "surreptitious bomb." It's not the news I wanted to hear, but news I knew would be coming at some point. I'm sure for David the injury in the Dodig match had to be the last straw. I suppose if he has an injury free 2012 he might reconsider. But really, what are the chances of David having an injury free year at this point in his career. My only regret is that I didn't discover David earlier. Oh, I saw him play Hewitt in the Wimbledon final, but I had no idea who he was. It wasn't until about 2006 that he re-emerged on my radar. For me, when David and Davydenko were playing at their best, there weren't any other players more fun to watch. Sadly, neither of them are at that level any more. Here's hoping for a great result in Spain.

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  10. I also share the hope he has one more deep run at at GS, maybe a QF or SF. And of course DC! What I would miss the most about Nalbandian is not his tennis but his character, particularly how self-assured he is, and how entertaining his bursts of frustration are on court, and how he belts out VAMOS! or DALE or SI!! on a good winner. Hope his final year brings out a few more of these memorable moments.

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  11. I think this was expected! Even though this makes us feel sad, the fact remains that he should do what's best for him and his health. If next year will indeed be his last, I hope he has a great season.

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  12. Yeah, it certainly didn't come out of the blue.

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  13. Well...a fellow fan who doesn't post here is taking the news very hard.

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  14. @Tiffany I can feel for your friend. I remember when Steffi retired I felt like the world was ending but as more of my favourites started retiring over the years, I learnt to make my peace with it. To be honest though, I still hope he does well enough next season that he decides against retiring.

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  15. i hope he has a good season next year
    and then he reconsiders the retirement
    moreover he needs to think to himself hey im one of the greatest talents ever when im in good shape im as good as federer
    then believe in himself and find his range one last time

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  16. http://www.ubitennis.com/sport/tennis/2011/10/28/609691-anni_2000.shtml

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  17. Not the first time I see David's name on a list like that. Andy Roddick though... that probably is a first. lol

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  18. Great, lists of most talented players, I remember how I used to hate that in the old days...

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  19. sad but expected news, should it be his final decision :(

    I can't imagine following ATP Tour without David in it (despite injuries and all)...
    I hope he'll have a great 2012 and consider playing another season... But we all know it's not his dedication to the sport, but his body, the main instrument of a tennis player so...
    It would be very sad to see him retire without winning the Davis Cup his dream event :(

    and I'm already thinking about the 'after'-retirement, what will we become, VamosDaviders... :(

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