That's it - the year 2012 is over.
Well, here on this blog, at least.
Vamos David takes a break now.
But as always it'll be back in time for the new year.
So, happy holidays! From David and from me.
And I hope I'll see you all again in 2013. :)
It's been a year with some very good results on the one hand, and others that were not what I was hoping for.That's how David put it and that's one way of putting it. But I think it's safe to say that 2012 really was unlike anything David could've possibly imagined. - Or what he was hoping for.
|(Mauro Alfieri/La Nacion)|
|(Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)|
|(Sang Tan/AP Photo)|
|(Daniel Garcia/Getty Images)|
Last night, David and his girlfriend Victoria had gone out for dinner. And when they came back they realised that there had been a burglary. (Source.)The burglars, now "searched for intensively by the police" took off with "two laptops, five wristwatches and an unspecified amount of cash" (source). The material loss is one thing, the knowledge that someone broke into your home is quite another. Hopefully, David and Victoria can recover from this experience soon...
They were not at home, there was the discomfort of coming home and finding their belongings in a mess, with several of them stolen. (Source.)
It's always nice to play against him and there's always some entertaining stuff that happens.That's what Nicolas Almagro said after his 7-6(6), 6-4 victory over David on Saturday, a match during which some entertaining stuff did indeed happen, from spectacular rallies to many a laugh the two of them shared on court. The clip above (if it doesn't show or play go here) includes a couple of those moments, as well as Almagro, adding that in his opinion, David is a "top player" and that the "talent he possesses is incredible". Still, Almagro proved to be too strong for David on Saturday, and he was also too strong for Pico in yesterday's final (which Almagro won 7-5, 6-2).
|(Mauro Alfieri/La Nacion)|
I think what's happening between David and Juan Martin, who are the most important players... is that they're never going to be friends.According to Chela, many of Argentina's great players, including David and Delpo, are not exactly easy to get along with and "not uncomplicated". And what's missing is that the players don't talk enough to each other, don't treat each other in a straightforward manner. Though he also recalled an occasion where David was rather straightforward with him:
They don't love each other, that's the way it is.
Once he grabbed me and told me, "if I'm going to play the doubles, I prefer to play it with Schwank". For me, that meant I was out of team. But he told me, you know? I didn't like what he said but I appreciated that.As for David and Delpo, Chela hopes that in the future, they'll be handling the situation "like the pros they are", that they "don't get worked up about what the other does" and that they "respect each other".
An anecdote of mine with Federer is that once, I was in Monte Carlo, playing PlayStation with Moya, Nadal and Ferrer. The losers had to go down to the lobby in their underpants and when they did they ran into Federer and his wife, who saw them...Though he conveniently forgot to mention whether he was among those who lost that day.
(Source 1 & 2)
The information was leaked [to the press]. We would've liked to announce it, ourselves. Victoria and me, we are very happy.Now, we've already speculated about how this might affect David's schedule.
For now, the birth of the baby won't change my tennis calendar.That's what he says now (and for now) - we'll see.
It's always motivating for me to play in front my home crowd. It's going to be a pleasure to play in Buenos Aires again. It's something that I enjoy very much and I think it's unlike anything else.Speaking of which, in the clip above David first says that he watched some matches on TV while he was out, injured and then also gets asked to pick the most memorable match he played at Buenos Aires. After giving it some thought he goes for "the match against Potito" Starace. And there were three of those at this event, including his comeback match after hip surgery. But the one David means is the quarterfinal 2008, an epic battle in front of a very vocal crowd, including an especially vocal Diego Maradona, that David eventually won in three sets (match point here). All of that on his way to winning the title that year.
I feel good, physically. I'm going to do a demanding pre-season with the intention of starting the next year without any of the pain or problems that have kept me from playing, this season.And of course the Copa Argentina, next week. More about it soon.
David: I miss competing because it's the adrenaline I've had since I was very young. It's something that's really great about this sport, also having fellow players you've known for many years. When something like that [an injury] happens you want to get those sensations back again.Here, it sounds like going to the Australian Open will be something he'll decide and not just the consequence of the surface chosen for the first-round tie, like in the other interviews.
Q: How did you deal with those first moments after the injury?
David: At first, I tried to make things happen a little faster but when I saw that it wasn't possible I took my foot off the gas and and did a rehabilitation that was a bit more relaxed, knowing that I wasn't going to play anything else this year.
Q: What kind of role does the mind play when an athlete gets injured?
David: It's never great to be injured because you're always ready to be on court. But things like that happen and unfortunately, they happened to me. I hope I can have a good start in 2013. It's important to think about what's ahead and not about the past.
Q: Are you planning to return step by step or as if nothing happened?
David: No, normal. I'll play the Copa Argentina, I'll do the pre-season and next year I'll be fully fit. I have to decide if I'm going to play the Australian Open because the Davis Cup will take place immediately afterwards and you have to think about the adaptation to the surface. And I'm going to play the South American swing.
Q: Are you going to set goals for yourself from the start or do you want to enjoy your return?
David: Both. I want to enjoy going back to playing again because that's what I've been missing. But I also want to make it back inside the Top50 in the ranking, out of which I've dropped because of the injury. And the Davis Cup remains to be an objective.
Q: Which David Nalbandian would you like to be in six months?
David: I want to be healthy, competing and enjoying another year of tennis and what the sport has given to me.
Q: Without too much pressure?
David: With the Davis Cup there will be pressure because it's great to play it. And I think that I can achieve the goal of getting back inside the Top50 next year.
Q: You're 30 years old now, with a few more years to go. What would you like the end of your career to be like?
David: Healthy, competing and achieving goals. When you stop having goals and objectives it gets very difficult to train, to have the right attitude and to compete. You always have to have clear goals and achieve them.
Q: It's been a long break.You're probably wondering why the surface is even an issue with this tie when they usually play their home ties on clay. But it's different this time and the only reason I can think of is
David: Yeah, though I didn't stop completely. I kept doing things for my fitness, two or three times a week so that I didn't lose what [fitness] I still had and can begin with the pre-season for next year in December. If I want to achieve my goals I have to start now, or next week if the circumstances allow it. So the idea was that if I recover and don't get to play anymore at the end of the year I'd stay in shape in order to not lose as much [fitness] and start the pre-season not totally out of practice.
Q: And it was good to get rid of the bitter taste, left by the Davis Cup [semifinal] defeat.
David: That weekend was tough. Because of the defeat, because of the goals that we had, because of everything. After that I wanted to try and play some events before the end of the season and that didn't work out, either. But the truth is that I still want to go on [playing] next year and face some important challenges. That's pretty much what I've planned but it didn't cross my mind after the defeat. I know that I can still fight and that's what I'll aim to do next year.
Q: But you were disappointed.
David: I wasn't exactly happy, the week after the defeat. I was pissed off because of the injury and not being able to play the tie. But I know that things like that happen and you have to deal with them.
Q: Without pressure in terms of the ranking or the results, perhaps you'll enjoy being on the Tour more.
David: I hope I'll enjoy the tournaments ahead. When you walk onto the court you want to win and the rest moves into the background. The idea is to enjoy it because it's a great sport that has given so much to me. Right now, I do [enjoy it] but when I'll lose the desire it'll be difficult to go on playing.
Q: The pre-season is going to determine how you start your schedule?
David: I'll do the pre-season in mid-December. Whether I'll go to Australia or not will depend on the surface they choose for the Davis Cup (in February against Germany). I'll have to wait for that but the plan is to play the tournaments in South America on clay. If I don't go to Australia, I'll do the pre-season on clay, and if I go I'll do it on hardcourt.
Q: You're planning your schedule around the Davis Cup.
David: Yeah, it's what I'm going to start the year with, at the end of January and the first days of February [the first round takes place February 1-3].
Q: You'll pick the tournaments that you'll play, based on what?
David: Memories, things I like. Apart from that it also depends on the ranking, which ones I'm going to enter. Until the Miami Masters I have everything planned and then I'll see which part of the European swing I'm going to play.
(Irma Montiel/La Nacion)
Q: You're going to play on clay a lot.
David: Yeah, because if the Davis Cup tie in February is held on clay then it's not good to play on hardcourt ahead of it. It's practically certain that I'm going to play the tournament in Buenos Aires and the South American events.
Q: In the meantime, you've made an appearance in polo.
David: I suck (laughs) but I have fun together with Adolfito (Cambiaso), who invited me to play. The opportunity arose because I wasn't playing tennis and it was fun, we had a good team.
Q: You're really bad at polo?
David: Yeah, compared to them...
Q: But Cambiaso is like Maradona.
David: Yeah, but that's the reality I have to deal with (laughs). I have to be aware of it.
Q: After tennis, will there be more than just tennis?
David: Yeah, in life you move through different stages, and tennis is one of them. You can't spend your whole life, playing professionally. I already have several activities that I could do tomorrow. Sport is going to be one of them because I've always liked it and I still do, also other sports apart from tennis, polo, golf, motorsports.
Q: Other things outside of sports?
David: I'm a restless guy and I'm certainly going to do something. Right now, there are several things I could pursue every day, and I don't because I'm still playing tennis. The foundation for example, different undertakings that require time and are now in the background.
Q: How did it make you feel to see Stepanek, almost 34 years old, celebrate having won the Davis Cup?
David: It's great, a reward for all the effort, the sacrifice and the perseverance. They played all year with two players but they had a very good year and didn't get injured.
Q: What did they have that Argentina didn't?
David: It was a very tough tie. Had Juan Martin played on Sunday, they would've been fine. With the whole team there, we're better than them. We have a good team, we have to see how the encounters pan out but for the coming season we have a difficult draw.
Q: Germany will be a tough opponent.
David: Yeah, it's a very tough tie. We must all try and work towards having the best possible team.
Q: What would a satisfying year 2013 look like for you?
David: I think being inside the Top50. I can always get there if I get lucky in terms of injuries and don't get a tough draw at the big events. [Getting inside the Top] 20 or 30, that would be a good year.
|(Inés Gorrochategui Academy)|
|(Emiliano Lasalvia/La Nacion)|
I'm very happy to be playing my first tournament and even more so because I get to do it together with a friend like Adolfito.Adolfito is Adolfo Cambiaso, who's usually to be seen in David's box when he's playing tennis in Argentina or Britain, a friend David likes to go out and party with. But apart from that Cambiaso also is arguably the best polo player the world has ever known, head of the famous La Dolfina team and owner of the polo ranch by the same name, where the event was held. In short, David was introduced to the sport by a friend, who happens to be one of its superstars.
He started buying polo ponies already a while ago and apparently, David has plans for setting up his own club in Unquillo.
I felt really good out there on the polo field. I think I'm making a lot of progress. I have to try and play more often.
(Emiliano Lasalvia/La Nacion)
Polo is one of my favourite sports. When I retire from tennis it could be that I start playing polo the next day.He wouldn't be the first Argentine athlete to take that path. There's also ex-footballer Gabriel Batistuta, who went from striker on Argentina's national team to polo player and owner of his own club.
After missing the end of the season due to injury, Nalbandian is recovering his top form, focusing on the 2013 season, which will see him on the courts again.In other words - it's official. As official as it can be at this point.
|(Inés Gorrochategui Academy/archive)|
I'll take this opportunity to clarify a couple of things about Nalbandian. There was a rumour that David was going to have surgery on his left hip, which would've meant David's farewell. Nalbi has no such plans, at least not until his retirement. This week, he begins with the preparations for his return. Unless there's an injury, he's planning to play the Copa Argentina, a possible exhibition in Córdoba, the Australian Open and the Davis Cup.I'd still prefer to hear the part about the Australian Open and the Davis Cup, i.e. playing another season, from David himself but coming from Cano, I'll take it as a very good sign that we'll get to see David play another year. Apart from Cano, there's also Guillermo Salatino, who says that the Australian Open 2013 will see David's return to the Tour.
(Sources: 1, 2 & 3)