Yesterday afternoon, Gustavo Ronzano for Clarin caught up with him on site at the player restaurant, where David was hanging out with Davis Cup captain Martin Jaite and vice-captain Mariano Zabaleta. And of course, the upcoming Davis Cup semifinal was also among the subjects that were discussed. Here's the interview:
Q: Where would you like to start? There are a couple of topics at hand. The US Open, the Davis Cup semifinal, the first round here against Del Potro, all that has happened this year. Your choice.
David: Hahaha, no, no. You're the one, doing the article, so... Go on, whatever you like, I don't care.
Q: Okay. How are you, going into this tournament?
David: Good. I think that this kind of tournament is very important and nice to play. So I come here with motivation. I haven't been winning a lot of matches, I had some very tough first-round matches because I wasn't seeded and in that sense it's a pity. But I'm fine, physically with some minimal discomfort, so yeah, good.
Q: Those latest results, have they been a bit of a blow for your confidence?
David: No, because those I lost to are are all very good players. Obviously, it would've been better to lose in the semifinals or in a final. But things like that happen.
Q: But it was four [first-round defeats] in a row and you're not used to going out at tournaments so quickly.
David: But well, I lost to guys who are good players. There's not much to it. So you have to work, to keep improving, to try and make sure that the next week is better than the last.
Q: Where does your motivation come from, at this point in your career?
David: It's that you want to go on. You always dreamed of playing at this level, so I think that's where the motivation comes from. I think that I still have something to give. Winning the Davis Cup is a goal and those are the things that make you go on, make sacrifices, train, and continue with this after all this time.
Q: Did you also enter the doubles because you know you'll play the doubles [in Davis Cup] with Eduardo Schwank?
David: But I played the doubles in many ties, under various captains who asked me to play it, and so today, I still do.
Q: What about the singles [rubbers], do you feel that they're set?
David: I have no idea. Neither is the team, I think. And if we don't know what the team is going to look like then how are we supposed to know who's going to play. You have to ask Martin [Jaite], the captain about these things, hahaha.
Q: Okay, but you're thinking about these things, you see things, you sense them. Or not?
David: I don't know. When the time comes... I don't know.
Q: Because of the problem with his left wrist, Del Potro told us on Saturday that he can't make any plans.
David: Sometimes it happens because of decisions and personal preferences. If someone is not well then you can't think eight weeks ahead. We'll see what's going to happen.
Q: Well, but talking about your passion for the Davis Cup, with all it represents, if tomorrow Martin [Jaite] told you, "David, the singles players will be Juan Martin and Pico" then you'd surely be there, supporting the team because of that desire you have to win it.
David. Yeah. What else am I going to do?
Q: It'll sound strange and more so, playing at home.
David: Last year, I didn't play singles in the final against Spain. Those are strategies. And each captain has his way of thinking and seeing the ties. We'll see. It's still [a couple of weeks] until then, it's going to be a very different surface, compared to the US Open. I think the important thing is to give the best I can here, and when it's over I'll start thinking about the Davis Cup.
Q: How did you feel when you found out that you're going play against Juan Martin in the first round?
David: Nothing, as always it's a pity if two Argentines meet. But that's the way it is. It's a pity, having to face each other.
Q: It doesn't look like a first-round match.
David: But that happens. At Wimbledon, I played against Tipsarevic in the first round, at the Olympics as well. Things like that happen if you're not seeded. I think it's going to be a tough match, we know each other well and I'll have to do basically everything right in order to have a chance to win.