Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Davis Cup Epilogue & An Interview

Before from tomorrow on it'll be all about the tournament David is playing this week, the revamped Brasil Open now taking place in São Paulo (Edit: a first pic of David in Brazil), here's a last look back at the Davis Cup weekend and Argentina's first-round victory over Germany. In David's words:
Playing nine sets in two days is a lot. In the end, I felt the kind of discomfort and fatigue that's normal for this situation. If I had won in straight sets those two days would've been shorter and easier. But sometimes things don't work out the way you want and you have to fight and run a little more. And I'm prepared to fight and suffer for a few hours. But now I'm happy and glad to have won. (Source.)
This victory grants the Argentine team a place in the quarterfinal (April 6-8) where they will meet Croatia (who beat Japan 3-2).
A home tie for Argentina and one that will, of course, take place at the Parque Roca in Buenos Aires. In fact, it could be the first in a whole series of home ties for David and the team as Argentina will play at home against all other nations that are still left in the draw.
But first of all - Croatia and the quarterfinal, which will take place after the Masters in Miami:
Q: What do you think the tie against Croatia will be like?

David: Far away. Right now, we're still here, after a tie that went very well and I think it's still far away. What's important is that we play at home, so the opponent doesn't matter. We have a good draw and we know that we have a strong team, able to win. But we have to play on a slow court. Against Croatia, with all those good servers, you have to play on a surface that's more comfortable for us than it will be for them.

Q: Due to the way the results have turned out, Argentina will play all ties at home, like in 2008. What has to change for the final outcome to be different?

David: We have to win. I don't know, everybody has to do his part and do things the best he can. Each one of us has to try and win those matches he plays. But it's still a long way to go, the year has only just begun and a lot of things can happen.

Q: What were your first impressions of working with Jaite as captain?

David: We had a great ten days, counting in the time we spent in Buenos Aires, I trained very well with him. We got ready to play a great tie and everyone on the team got along with each other very well. We beat a tough opponent and now each of us has to continue with his schedule and his tournament, fighting on the Tour and then be back in Argentina for the second tie [quarterfinal].

Q: The week leading up to the tie, the tension, the matches. Is all of that going to be what you'll miss the most when it's over?

David: Yes, because it's one of the things I enjoy the most.

Q: Despite the tensions?

David: Yes, you miss it. If you didn't like it you wouldn't miss it and the truth is that it's something different and it's very nice to experience it.

Q: With this tie, it was only during the doubles that there was a bit of Davis Cup atmosphere. Is that when you really enjoy yourself?

David: Yeeaah? There wasn't too much of it. The Germans are cold, maybe it's because of the weather, heh. For me, it's good if [the atmosphere] gets heated.

Q: If your dream of winning the Davis Cup becomes reality, is that the moment when you'll hang up your racquet? Would you say, that's it, now I got what I wanted?

David: No, I don't know. It would mean to achieve a goal, a great dream. But that has nothing to do with the Davis Cup. It's not like I'll retire if I win it and if I don't win it I'll keep on playing. Retirement doesn't depend on the Davis Cup but has a lot more to do with physical issues and seeing how I feel. At the end of the year I'm going to see how I am. If I have a good year with continuity and if I'm doing well then it's viable to continue. (Source.)


  1. Not before 19:00,1 st match I guess of the night session,central court,hopefully there will be a stream.

  2. Thanks, Adrian. And yep, there's a stream for this tournament.

  3. Well, Julia, welcome to the world of live streams again. It must have been a real thrill to see David in person. Nothing like "being there." I wish David would play some of the smaller U.S. hardcourt tournaments like San Jose, Delray Beach or Los Angeles. I'd have a much better chance of seeing him. Anyway, I'm glad you could go to Bamberg.

  4. Great, hope it won't be too late for me if it's 7pm local time... (probably midnight here).

    good thing the next tie will be played in Argentina, the guys need that "hot vibes" on home soil. Too bad for my brother who lives in Zagreb, he would've loved to watch a Davis Cup tie live after he experienced the Zagreb indoors earlier this month (and I managed to convince him to watch more of David's matches lol)

    funny David said "The Germans are cold, maybe it's because of the weather, heh." >> he obviously wanted much more noise. (the vibes were great though, especially during the doubles)

  5. Mira,Im from Zagreb.Your brother must be a hardcore fan because noone went to Zagreb indoors haha.Maybe 100 people every day.

  6. Adrian, that's exactly what he told me! haha (and I remember one of us Vamos Daviders is from Zagreb, I wasn't sure if it was you or Ashot, now I remember ;))

    he actually got free tickets from some friends who couldn't attend (for 2 days in a row). Not as die-hard tennis fan as us though haha.

  7. You might be right about the 100 people a day in Zagreb, Adrian. I watched some of the Youzhny-Karlovic match there and it seemed like hardly anyone was in the arena.

  8. I didnt go either haha.Tennis isnt really that popular,Ljubicic is way past his prime and Karlovic and Dodig lack the charisma of a Ivanisevic or Ancic.No big names to draw the crowd,biggest were Baghdatis and Youzhny and really terrible snow we havent seen in years also contributed.I really dont know were these small 250s make theere money to survive.Umag on the other hand during the summer is always packed tho.