Edit: A brief clip from David's first session here.
First of all, a look at the rankings after Miami. With 905 points now (including 25 for the second round at Miami), David remains at #50 this week, still thirteen places behind Carlos Berlocq, the fourth-highest-ranked Argentine player. I'll be taking a closer look at the rankings, and the results David will need to get past Berlocq and qualify for the Olympics, in time for the European clay-court swing, after the Davis Cup quarterfinal.
Speaking of which - the Davis Cup week has now officially begun. Yesterday, the complete team, including Juan Monaco, got together for the first time at the team's hotel in Buenos Aires (source). And from today on, the Argentine and the Croatian players will take turns, training at the Parque Roca, with each team getting two sessions per day.
From yesterday's training there are apparently no photos but today and in the days until the tie I expect there to be more photos and probably also videos, from the AAT and other sources.
Apart from that, between the two practice sessions tomorrow, it'll be time for the traditional Tuesday press conference (at noon, local time). Before on Thursday morning (10.30am local) the draw ceremony will take place. For the tie itself, the starting times are as follows:
Friday: 10.30am local
Saturday: 12pm local
Sunday: 10.30am local
Edit: Ahead of Argentina's first home tie in almost a year and his debut at the Parque Roca as captain, Martin Jaite talks about all that goes with the upcoming quarterfinal tie, from the public's expectations to the old question of David and Delpo.
Here's the interview he gave Marcelo Andreotto (for La Gaceta).
Q: Is the fact that Argentina still hasn't managed to win the Davis Cup an additional burden for the players?
Jaite: The burden is something that comes more from the outside than from the players, themselves. That has to do with the final of Mar del Plata, which was lost even though everything was set for winning it.
Q: In the last couple of years, tennis has undergone a kind of "footballisation" in Argentina, particularly when it comes to the Davis Cup. Some compare Federer, not having won the Davis Cup with Messi and his "debt" [to perform as well as he does for his club] on Argentina's national team. Do you regard that as a positive phenomenon or as something that's counterproductive for tennis?
Jaite: If I take a taxi or I'm at the newsstand and people talk to me about how well Del Potro has been playing or they ask me if I saw Nalbandian's last match then that's something positive. It's great for us, who are part of the tennis world and it also is, specifically, for Davis Cup. It's good if it fills the stadium because that makes the players feel great. What we have to take care of as coaches is that this euphoria gets conveyed to the players in a positive way and not as something negative, and that it doesn't create an obligation for the team or makes them feel under pressure to win because of what people think.
Q: The fans look at the draw and think they're already in the final in November. Are you worried that this triumphalism could be transferred to the court and hurt the team?
Jaite: I don't think that there's triumphalism among our players because we understand how difficult it is to win each and every point in Davis Cup. That's why we say that we take it match by match. Fortunately, we won in Germany and now we're focusing on Croatia. We can't think about hypothetical matters. Luckily, we understand tennis a little better than that. The public, in general, is more passionate. The players can't afford to be passionate in that moment, they have to be rational. Apart from that, the players are the ones who know their opponents best. It's not like Mariano [Zabaleta] or I have to watch videos to see how the Croats play. The players meet them on the Tour. That makes them more wary, it makes them respect their opponents and keeps them from being overconfident.
Q: Many Davis Cup captains would like to be on your place, with two players of the caliber of Del Potro and Nalbandian. It's known that they're not friends and that they've had some differences in the past. Against Croatia, it's the first time that both of them will be at your disposal. Have you scheduled a talk with the two of them to clarify certain things?
Jaite: I don't have plans for a specific talk with them. In Germany, we had many talks with the players, among the team as well as individually, and we'll continue to have those. But this is not something I'm worried about. It's not necessary for the players to be friends. They only need to respect each other and share the same goal. We're not planning to have a "little birthday party". We're simply going to get along for one week and have talks, just like we did in Germany.