Monday, November 14, 2011

A Brief Update

(photo by Tamar)

Update (15/11)
On Friday, Argentina's captain Tito Vázquez will officially confirm his team nominations for Sevilla at a press conference in Buenos Aires (source). As mentioned before, Vázquez has already revealed that he's going to nominate everyone who has played for Argentina this season, i.e. David, Juan Martin Del Potro, Juan Monaco, Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank.

First of all, Tamar from VD's partner site David Nalbandian Es Un Ídolo Total was at David's press conference and took a variety of photos she has uploaded by now. Her gallery with those photos you can have a look at here.

Then, as it's Monday - a look at the rankings. This week, David's points from the Paris Masters last year are gone but he still has 760 ranking points and loses only two positions, now finding himself at #64. Apparently, it's now possible for him to count in another 250 event (with Stockholm and Buenos Aires now both appearing on his list of countable events), probably because he missed Paris due to injury.

This week, David will be back home in Unquillo to continue his preparations in peace and quiet. Whether there's going to be interviews or further news while he's there - we'll have to wait and see.

Meanwhile, on to the next instalment the "Davis Cup Flashback" series. This time, we'll take a look back at the last away tie Argentina played against Spain. That was in the semifinal 2003 and it was a somewhat unusual tie, also due to a notable absence...
The Spanish line-up for this tie included two Top10 players, Juan Carlos Ferrero (no.1 at the time) and Carlos Moya (#6). But Argentina could've matched that - had it not been for a case of double injury trouble.
While Guillermo Coria (#5) was out with an adductor tear, David (who had just reached the semifinal at the US Open and was ranked #9) was sidelined with an abdominal tear and an inflammation in his right wrist.
In the end, it fell to Gaston Gaudio and Mariano Zabaleta to contest the first two singles. Both lost, but while Gaudio didn't stand a chance against Ferrero, Zabaleta led by two sets to love before Moya turned around the match. On the brink of defeat after the first day, Argentina was kept alive by the doubles, not exactly a traditional Argentine strength. But Agustin Calleri and Lucas Arnold Ker managed to beat Alex Corretja and Albert Costa and after on the third day, Calleri also pulled off a surprise victory over Ferrero, the tie went down to the fifth rubber - and ended the way it had begun, with a comprehensive defeat for Gaudio, this time at the hands of Moya.
Still, even without being able to rely on their two best players at the time and after losing the first two rubbers, Argentina managed to make it close, much closer than anyone would've thought back then. A tie to remember.