It's Monday, time to have a look at the rankings. David remains at #57 for the moment before next week, his quarterfinal points from Basel last year will come off.
Meanwhile, Tito Vázquez and Caio Rivera visited the stadium in Sevilla. As you can see, it's still in its original state, without the roof and without the court - but not for much longer.
After delivering the bad news about next year, I'm now going to focus on the present again. And on what's still ahead this year, 34 days from now to be precise - the Davis Cup final in Sevilla.
At the moment, David is back home in Unquillo, taking a break and recovering from his hamstring strain. If all goes well he'll begin with his training on clay as early as next week (source).
In the meantime, here's a first look at what's ahead, a little over a month from now...
By now, the official numbers are out and according to those, David and the others will be playing in front of 22.121 people at Sevilla's Estadio Olimpico, also known as La Cartuja, the "Carthusian monastery". Whether that's a fitting name, well, that decision I'm going to leave to you.
Who exactly is going to be nominated for the final - theoretically, both team captains still have a few days left until they have to officially announce their team nominations. And often enough, those are kept secret until the very last minute. In this case, however, both captains have already let it be known that they're planning to nominate everyone who has made an appearance for their team in Davis Cup this season, all those players who have made this final possible. Which means that both Tito Vázquez and Spain's captain Albert Costa are going to nominate the maximum number of five players for their respective teams:
David, Juan Martin Del Potro, Juan Monaco, Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank
Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco and Marcel Granollers
Speaking of Tito Vázquez, in a recent interview he stressed the importance of winning the first rubber in the final, said that Juan Martin Del Potro isn't ready to play on all three days and acknowledged David's role as a "pillar of strength" for the team, having played on all three days on numerous occasions in the past - but things are "a lot more complicated now". Talking about his preparations for the final in that interview, Vázquez not only gave his take on David's decision to skip Valencia, his reply also offers a clue as to why it was part of David's schedule (instead of Basel) in the first place.
Q: It's a little over a month until the final. That can be a lot of time or little of it, depending on how you look at it. Do you already have an idea how you're going to form the team?Juan Martin Del Potro, Juan Monaco and Juan Ignacio Chela are all going to be at Valencia - and David would've been there as well, if it wasn't for his injury. In other words, it was planned as a team meeting. When David is going to join the others now remains to be seen.
Tito Vázquez: Since I took over as captain there have always been injury problems with the players. And I've heard that Nalbandian won't play in Valencia next week, that he's saving himself for playing Davis Cup. On the one hand that's exceptional for us. But on the other hand it's worrying that he's injured so much. So I'm not going to make any projections. My assistant Caio Rivera and me, we're travelling to Sevilla on Friday [i.e. yesterday] to see the logistics of the place, the construction of the court, the hotel, the distance to the venue and to plan the tie. After that we're going to Valencia to meet up with the players and make plans for the [Davis] Cup.
Finally, and on a non-Davis Cup related note, here's the updated list of players for this year's Copa Argentina (December 15-18). David will be joined by Juan Monaco, Marcos Baghdatis, Gael Monfils and James Blake.