Friday, July 20, 2012

Ahead of the Olympics - More from David


A week from today, the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held at the new Olympic Stadium in London (seen here in the background). And during the so-called Parade of Nations, Argentina will be the 9th of the more than 200 nations to enter the stadium. Or rather, the Argentine athletes will, led by flag bearer Luciana Aymar (a field hockey player). Including Delpo, Pico, Charly Berlocq, Edu Schwank and of course - David.

For David, these will be the second Olympic Games he gets to take part in. Back in 2004, he pulled out of the Athens Olympics at the very last minute. Four years later, he was again in doubt for Beijing 2008 but eventually took part, reaching the third round in singles (where he lost to Monfils) and losing in the first round of the doubles that he played together with Guillermo Cañas (to the Belgian pair Darcis/Rochus). But although he didn't get to spend that much time on court, he had a pretty good time off court (how good exactly you can see in this little clip).
Q: What are your memories of previous Olympic Games?

David: Though I didn't get there in my best physical shape the memories I have of the Beijing Olympics are excellent. I won two matches and had the wonderful experience of staying at the Olympic Village, together with thousands of other athletes. That's something I have good memories of, even if I didn't manage to win a medal.

Q: A lot is going to depend on what shape you're going to be in and also on the draw but looking at it now, what is your goal for London 2012? Is it good for you that the tennis competition will take place on grass?

David: My goal obviously is to win a medal for my country. I want to enjoy the Olympics with the same mentality as always - winning. As for the surface, it's true that I feel comfortable, playing on grass and I'll try to use that.
Having spent the last few weeks training on hardcourt (as there are no grass courts to be found in the vicinity of Unquillo), David, who's currently in Buenos Aires, will be on his way to London next Tuesday.
Playing the Olympics also means representing your country. Something David is famous, if not to say legendary for in Argentina, though mainly because of a certain other competition.
Q: Tennis is an individual sport but in your case, there's an admirable commitment - what does Argentina mean to you?

David: It's the country where I was born, where I grew up and where I took my first steps as a tennis player. I'm a great admirer and lover of my country. So every chance I get to play Davis Cup or represent it otherwise is very important for me.

Q: In sports, we often talk about "mystic qualities". When you're playing for Argentina you seem unbeatable. What do you think is the reason for this change that can be observed with you in those matches?

David: I think what you get to see is my great motivation in those matches. In every single tie you see my desire to win the Davis Cup and how proud it would make me to win it for the country for the first time. In each Davis Cup match I feel the weight of representing Argentina on my shoulders and that's an enormous boost.

Q: Is it normal for the Davis Cup to be a player's priority? Is it for you?

David: I don't think it's common as tennis basically is an individual sport. But at some point in their career, everyone should think about playing for their country. The obvious difference is that for me, playing Davis Cup is the priority.
I've said it in my review post, during this year's quarterfinal I didn't think that David seemed unbeatable, the way he usually does in Davis Cup. And not just because he ended up losing.
We've already had a longer interview and my extensive review about David's season so far. Here's a short version in form of three questions and answers:
Q: The first half of the season just ended. What's your analysis of the first part of 2012?

David: I began the season with a couple of good results and others that were not so good. I've managed to get in good physical shape again, something that's very important at this stage of my career and with the team we've had a good start in the first two Davis Cup ties against Germany and Croatia.

Q: In what way do you feel you're close to the Top3 and in what way you think you're far away from them?

David: It's difficult to think about the Top3 these days, because of my age and most of all because of the surgeries I've had. Apart from that, there are players today who are playing at an extremely high level and it gets more and more difficult to deal with them.

Q: What are your goals for the rest of the year?

David: Knowing that I've qualified for the Olympics I'm very much looking forward to the experience of staying at the Olympic Village again. And then in September, we'll play the Davis Cup semifinal against the Czech Republic. There are still good things ahead in this second half of the season, I'll be motivated.

So much for the first interview but there's another one, in form of a video (this is a screencap) that you'll find in this additional, backdated post.
In it, David talks about Rafa Nadal's withdrawal, about what's ahead in the second half of the season, the Olympics, and possible ways of spending his time after retiring.

Coming next Monday: Everything about tennis at the London Olympics.


  1. Thanks for all the updates, loving it

  2. lol I still remember that clip from the previous Olympics!
    Can't wait for this one to start! I was really surprised by Rafa's withdrawal, he was so eager to participate but I guess his knee problem is more serious than he thought!
    It would be great if David could win a medal for Argentina, I think he has a fair chance and after all he tends to play his best tennis when his country is invloved.

    1. We'll see what the draw is going to be like.
      But yeah, I still love that clip, David showing off... :)

  3. I actually have a feeling that Nadal might retire just around the 2016 Olympics year (when he is 30!) at the same time as Federer (35). I dont see Nadal can play at a high level once he is in his late 20s.

    Back to Nalby, I hope he could win 2-3 matches this time! I would love to see him playing Cilic in R2 or R3...

  4. Because of QC or because of DC?

  5. I hope we'll get to see some videos of David having fun at the Olympic Village, just like he did 4 years ago lol :)

    looks like it's "winter" in Argentina right now, I like David's look in the video :D

  6. Yeah, it's winter in Argentina. Therefore also the long sleeves and pants in training. :) His look in the video, well, interesting jacket and shirt... lol

  7. lol interesting jacket and shirt indeed! I wonder if he's trying to pull a 70s look! Not fond of it though :p

  8. David's pretty good on that scooter. I'm impressed, lol.

  9. Humorous clip from Beijing. Leads me to visions of David going the next step after he retires - getting a Harley, growing his hair and donning the signature bandana. Anything's possible with David. Looking forward to Monday's all things tennis at the Olympics. Pico continues to amaze. Now two Argentines in the Top 10, and none of them David.

  10. Hello Excuse Me! I've this doubt for a long time! Can anyone solve here !?!? David was ranked No.26 before he won both Madrid and Paris Masters. so he jumped to No.9 after winning Paris Masters. Roddick and Davydenko were injured when the tournament started. so why David didn't to as replacement?
    - Thnks

    1. I mean replacement for Tennis Masters Cup! -sorry

    2. I think the question was why he didn't go to Shanghai as an alternate.

    3. To him it was all or nothing. Being an alternate was not an option.

    4. As I've said, he probably knew he wouldn't get to play.

  11. Correction : Roddick and Davydenko were injured when the tournament started. ... I mean Tennis Masters Cup

  12. I guess David knew that he probably wouldn't get to replace anybody, also not Roddick, not this time... ;)

  13. Thanks for the Interview. You made me laugh with the scooter clip, lol, I hadn't see it. This is a quality site. I feel at home here. All talking about Nalbandian.