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.