Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Destination: Parque Roca

Update (29/03)

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The Parque Roca is ready and it won't be as empty as this for much longer. The Croatian team arrived in Buenos Aires tonight and will have its first on-site training session tomorrow. David and the rest of the Argentine team (except Juan Monaco) on the other hand will also train in Buenos Aires tomorrow but will make their first appearance at the Parque Roca on Saturday, when there's apparently also going to be a first press conference (source).



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It's only a little more than a week now until Argentina's Davis Cup quarterfinal against Croatia (April 6-8). And after contesting three away ties in a row, this one will mark the return of the Argentine team to playing at its home venue, the Estadio Mary Terán de Weiss at the Parque Roca in Buenos Aires. Also simply known as Parque Roca.

Martin Jaite already announced his line-up on the day the draw was made for Miami and apart from David, he nominated Juan Martin Del Potro, Juan Monaco and Eduardo Schwank (with Juan Ignacio Chela as a fifth, reserve player). Yesterday, Croatia's captain Zeljko Krajan followed suit and this will be his team for the quarterfinal: Marin Cilic, Ivo Karlovic, Antonio Veic and Lovro Zovko. (With Ivan Dodig absent due to a back injury.)

Ahead of his first home tie as Argentina's captain, Martin Jaite gave a couple of interviews during the last few days. Apart from answering the inescapable questions about David and Delpo ("I don't think there's going to be any problem") and admitting that being captain was his dream for many years, Jaite also talked about his strategy for the tie, concerning David.
Our plan has always been to have David play on two days. For me, it's not a good thing if a player plays on all three days because a Davis Cup tie like that leaves the player exhausted, physically and mentally. So it's better to be able to get some rest. For David, we always had in mind playing a singles and the doubles.
And just like at Bamberg, this could mean playing on the first two days:
Given our situation today, if the tie took place tomorrow then David and Del Potro would play on the first day. (Source.)
In this case, David would face Marin Cilic on Friday (while Delpo would take on Ivo Karlovic) and then play the doubles with Eduardo Schwank on Saturday. An offensive strategy, aimed at deciding the tie already in the doubles, like in the previous round against Germany.

But whether or not Jaite is going to stick with this strategy, for David, returning to the Parque Roca also means returning to the scene of his most horrific and momentous match last year. It was in the first round against Romania that David played against Adrian Ungur, despite being injured. A few days later, he had to undergo a double surgery.
Fortunately, a lot has changed since then and this season, for the first time in three years, David has so far been able to play a normal schedule. Which, according to his physio Claudio Galasso, is the result of hard work and having had a proper pre-season, with David no longer having to limit his fitness training to swimming and biking. At the same time, his early exit at the Australian Open made it possible to get in another round of training to prepare for the Golden Swing. And breaks like that, also to get a bit of rest, will continue to be a necessity. In David's words:
As I've been playing more matches and tournaments I have to take more breaks because I can't go on playing as much as I have until now. After the Davis Cup I'm definitely going to pause, to rest and recover a bit. How long? Two or three weeks. (Source.)
It looks like it's going to be three weeks, until the European clay-court swing will start for David at the Belgrade Open (April 30 - May 6). But first of all it's - destination Parque Roca.

22 comments:

  1. See what is Tipsy doing with Murray who is probably not in good form at the moment. David could easily go into semis here if he played good.

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  2. That's a fairly big "if", especially at Miami... ;)

    But props to Tipsarevic. TTV&ATP website are currently doing this "create the perfect player" thing again, asking the players who has the best forehand, backhand etc. Tipsarevic and Monfils picked David for the best backhand.

    When they did the same thing back in 2008, Nole, Rafa and Fed all chose David's backhand. Now, and not surprisingly, almost everybody seems to have picked Nole.

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  3. Yeah, Tipsy really took it to Murray for awhile. Didn't see the third set. I suspect most everybody in Europe and points east was asleep when Ferrer played Delpo last night. Ferru is really playing well. He totally dominated the big guy and completely demoralized him, too. Gotta like Ferrer because he just never gives up.

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  4. Yeah, I didn't watch that match but I wasn't completely surprised when I saw the result. The question now is whether Ferru can do anything against Nole - and Pico against Fish.

    Anyway, David is currently at home and as usual, he trains at the Ines Gorrochategui Academy. Here's a brief clip.

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  5. I am looking forward to see nalby on the european clay court season.I still think that he is in top 6 on clay if he is fit enough.I hope he can play good matches on clay this year.His backhands and returns can be even more effective on that particular surface.

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  6. I also hope he can do well on clay and I'm happy that it looks like he'll finally play the tournaments in Europe again. But the rest I still see very differently. ;)

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  7. Yeah it was like 2 years ago when he played in monte carlo!He has never played in madrid since it is on clay.I agree with you it is not his favorite surface.He can play better in indoor.But he is so experienced on clay growing up in Argentina a playing along with big clay court specialist like guga, costa ,moya, coria, gaudio!he had really good result against them.

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  8. Well, he won't be going back to MC but yeah, it will be his first time at the Caja Magica. :)
    His favourite surface is hardcourt and though he's from Argentina, David grew up, playing on hardcourt. Of course he also played lots of tournaments on clay. But he learned to play tennis on hardcourt and I think his game shows it.
    In the past, he had wins on clay over Costa, Moya and Guga (well past his prime by then). But he never beat Coria or Gaudio on clay. ;)

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  9. Oh, and happy birthday, Pico! :D
    That was a very nice match and hats off for making semis.

    Apart from the matches, I guess what I remember the most from Bamberg is David and Pico, hanging out together all the time, talking, laughing... :)

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  10. Well, the birthday boy certainly was super today. Monfils, Roddick and now Fish. Way to go, Pico. I'm sure all the Argentine boys are smiling over Juan's form. Jaite, too. Looks like the Croatians really just have Cilic and Doctor Ivo, what with Dodig out.

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  11. We'll see if it's going to have an influence on Jaite's tactics. ;)

    But yeah, Cilic and Karlovic it is. No idea who's going to play doubles. Normally I'd say Cilic with Zovko but I'm not sure Cilic is ready to play what could be on all three days.

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  12. Yeah, can't imagine Cilic could play three days after recently coming back from injury.

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  13. I'm 100% sure pico will play on friday & David will play doubles. he is on a roll in Miami. he entered the semis winning comfortably 6-2 6-3. Remember he won the 2ndset against Roddick 6-0 who defeated Federer. Its not always easy to win 6-0 aginst Roddick's serve.

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    1. We'll see what Jaite decides. :)
      But without wanting to diminish Pico's win, Roddick was completely out of gas after beating Fed. ;)

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  14. I guess Martin Jaite is having the kind of dilemma that all captains love to have lol. Choosing between Pico, DelPo or David on Day 1, Pico being the "deluxe" joker. Hope he won't be too tired to play Nole in semis. Amazing run in Miami this week.

    I'd love to see David and Edu playing together again on Day 2 :)

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    1. That's the one thing that's pretty much guaranteed. ;)

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  15. Theres no way Cilic is gonna play the doubles, not because of the fact it means that he would play on all 3 days rather its that hes really bad at doubles haha.I think its gonna be Karlovic but it really depends on how day 1 goes.If its 2-0 for Argentina he might even send out Veic.

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  16. Cilic playing the doubles has happened before, and a number of times. ;)
    But probably not, this time around.

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  17. From personal point of view, I want David to play on friday and Arg winning both mtchs on friday and losing the doubles ( even if David plays) and on sunday David winning the 4th match of tie. so that David winning two singles live rubbers. Bcoz his rankings will improve from 50th to atleast 45th. Am I rite???? lol

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  18. David cannot possibly play the fourth rubber because he's not Argentina's #1 player. He could only play the fifth. But as Jaite has already said (and a couple of times), he won't make any player play on all three days.
    So if David plays on the first day and they go on to lose the doubles David won't play again on the third day. He also wouldn't have against Germany (Chela would have).

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  19. Here's a first pic of Marin Cilic, training at the Parque Roca.

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