Monday, March 26, 2012

A New Interview

Having added another early exit to his long history of early exits at Miami, David gets a bit of a break now, ahead of the upcoming Davis Cup quarterfinal against Croatia.
And I assume that he's at home at the moment, before next week, the team will get together to prepare for the tie in Buenos Aires.

However, before leaving Miami, David took a moment to talk to Miguel Angel Bertulotto for Clarin.
About his chances of winning that elusive Slam, Delpo's comeback on the Davis Cup team, playing the Olympics and a few other things.

Here's the interview...

Q: At Miami, you lost to Janko Tipsarevic, a Top10 player you beat the week before at Indian Wells. Still, in the light of your excellent run in California and your move up the rankings, where you've gone from 74 up to 50, and with your tennis back in full force - can you still hope to win a Grand Slam?

David: No, I cannot in any way hope to win a Grand Slam. Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray, the four at the top, have a very high level and there's a clear difference between them and the rest. Beating them at a tournament of this kind, and in what would basically have to be consecutive matches, that's impossible. At 30 years of age and having had three surgeries, I can't aspire to that sort of thing. I've come to terms with that.

Q: Do you think that for your career, not having won a Grand Slam is an unresolved matter?

David: I don't know if I think of it that way. When I came very close to winning one I didn't make it. Because my opponents were better, because they made the most of their chances, or whatever it was. I'm a contemporary of Federer, of Nadal... Now there are Djokovic, Murray... Basically no chance. With them around it wasn't easy to win a Slam. What can I do... Actually, I don't feel it's like an outstanding debt. It simply didn't happen.

Q: How do you like Del Potro's return to the Davis Cup team?

David: Very well. It's great that he's coming back because you always need to be able to rely on the best players. Hopefully, we can all do our part for the good of the team.

Q: There's a phrase that's been established about the chance of finally winning the Davis Cup: now or never. Playing at home fuels those kinds of expectations. Do you also think that it's now or never?

David: The journalists came up with that phrase. And I don't know if people think the same. We [the team] never said that. Playing in Buenos Aires, all you need is a good opportunity but we didn't say anything like that. It's true that the home advantage means we're the clear favourite against Croatia and we have to make the most of that situation. But the matches have to be played and won. We have to stay very calm and not put ourselves under any additional pressure.

Q: Would winning the Davis Cup be the perfect end for your career?

David: I don't know. What I want is to win it. Then we'll see what I'm going to do...

Q: Did you expect a performance like the one at Indian Wells? You reached the quarterfinal and there lost to Rafael Nadal but before that you beat Marin Cilic, Janko Tipsarevic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

David: I played rather well, that's true. But I have to keep improving in the two aspects, tennis and fitness, in order to be more consistent against players like those who are at the top of the rankings. I know that this is the way, the right track, and hopefully, I can continue on it.

Q: Do you hope to be playing the Olympics?

David: Yeah, of course. But right now I'm not qualified. I hope that I can qualify and play there. That would be great.


  1. thank you Julia :)
    wow I like this pic from the Clarin article, looks like a drawing more than a photo. Really beautiful!

    and I admire David for being such a wise and realistic person, trying to make the most of the opportunities he's had during his career, and still happy to be on the Tour even if he didn't win a Grand Slam..

    I also like his answer about the Davis Cup, it's great if they can win it, and that that wouldn't mean he'd end his career right after.

    I've watched the DelPo/Cilic match last night in Miami, Cilic is coming back little by little. I don't know if he'll be part of the Croatian team but it's good to see him back.
    Vamos Argentina though! :)

  2. The pic has had a couple of filters applied to it. And yeah, it looks nice. :)

    I'm not sure whether not having won a Slam really doesn't bug him at all. But he's definitely being realistic about his chances at this point. I mean, he's been asked about winning a Slam so many times and over the years, his answer changed from "that's my goal, together with DC" to "it gets more difficult to try, every year" and now this clear "no". But that "no" is the result of a long process of coming to accept that.

    About winning DC as the "perfect end for his career", he's being rather vague about that, this time. After saying in previous interviews that retiring won't have anything to do with DC but will exclusively depend on his health...

    Anyway, if Cilic is part of the team then David could very well meet him in singles on the first day. As Jaite currently seems to favour going for another edition of the "Bamberg manoeuvre", with David playing Friday and Saturday (but not on Sunday). Or at least, that's what he's been telling the press.

  3. But how I remember in the past he had also physical problems sometimes. For example, AO semifinal against Baghdatis, I haven't seen that match but I guess he had physical problems becuase I heard he played great until 6:3 5:1. In other tournaments in the past he was mostly not in a good form. Some people say he was lazy and didn't train always hard. But I see that since his injury problems he tries hard to come back and he comes back every time. I guess if he did so in the past he would be the main rival for Federer in every tournament. I remember in the past I have only seen him playing good in Grand Slams. But in other tournaments, especially in small tournaments, he lost mostly early.

  4. He has also had physical problems during Slams, of course. I mean, everybody remembers the infamous USO SF vs Roddick. But how many people remember that David was out injured after that match? Still, the AO SF against Baghdatis was a different matter...
    Anyway, in the past he used to do well at the Slams but saying that he only ever played really well there - that's taking it way too far, I think. And after all, it was not at the Slams that he played the best tennis of his career. ;)

  5. Looks like it's going to be Cilic, Karlovic, Veic and Zovko for Croatia. Which, if David & Delpo play singles on Friday, would mean David vs Cilic and Delpo vs Karlovic.

    1. a fast 3:0 is good possible :)

  6. he is also out of madrid's entry list :(((

  7. Is the entry list out yet? Haven't seen it anywhere, so far.

    1. Just saw the entry list. He's on it but as an alternate, at the moment.

  8. Great interview. Sounds like David's very philosophical about not having won a Grand Slam. And yeah, he's right about it being impossible to win one now. Still, I bet he burns a bit about not getting one earlier in his career. Everytime today. when you think a Delpo, Berdych or Tsonga might have a chance, the door gets shut. The Top 4 really have a lock on things. I'm sure David will have a very happy retirement, though, if Argentina wins the Davis Cup. Maybe he'll throw a party and invite the VD gang.

  9. Yeah quality interview and well said from David. Yeah hes had chances to win and it hasn't come, but realistically, since 2008/2009 he wasn't really ever looking like winning a grand slam and yeah he wont be able to compete with the likes of nadal, djokovic, fed and muzza for 4 hours + at this age, and John LOooool I would love it if he did ;)

    1. David should throw a barbecue party for all of us! :)

    2. LOL yeah exactly!! Weve stood by him all the time, even at the worst of times, anyways, he's the sort of guy to like a kebab or two eh? ;)

    3. Argentine beef. And some Fernet with Coke... :)

  10. Anybody else notice David is a pretty intelligent guy? He seems to be very accepting of things and a content individual.

  11. Well, whether he's really as accepting as he sounds here - I don't know.

    Still, this is one of the reasons I translate his interviews from Spanish. To show that he's not always just grumpy and monosyllabic, the way he's usually portrayed in the English-speaking press. ;)