Monday, August 27, 2012

The State of Affairs - A New Interview with David

It's been a few weeks since the last longer interview with David. But now, there is a new one and with it the chance to hear from David himself about the situation right now, after the losing streak, and ahead of the US Open and his first-round match against Delpo.
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.

24 comments:

  1. It seems David is having a positive attitude which I'm so happy about. Words like "motivation and still have something to give" are thrown in that interview. Yay

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    1. I was typing my comment, didn't see you were posting, and that's exactly what I was thinking of, positive attitude :)

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  2. I enjoy the fact that, here again, David doesn't seem to dramatize nor give much importance to all the unfortunate losses lately. Sure, no one likes to lose but I think it's cool that he has the ability to move on pretty quickly and only focus on what's ahead.
    I just hope that it has nothing to do with a certain nonchalance because he's thinking about retirement this year.

    When he said "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" >> it's cool to read that but I hope it's not only about DC, still hoping that he'll play for another season :)

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    1. Well, David isn't one for saying - those last few weeks and those defeats were horrible, I've lost my confidence, and I don't know if I want to go on playing. Least of all when there's a DC semifinal coming up. But I think it's pretty clear that he's aware of the danger of becoming "one of the doubles players" on the team. And that he doesn't want to be that.

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    2. Apart from that I'd like to know what's that "minimal discomfort" he's talking about.

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  3. when does the next day's OOP come out ? usually when all matches schedules for Monday ends?

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    1. Not always sometimes they post it before the matches of the day are over but usually it's late in the evening. I think they might not finish all the matches today cuz of the rain

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  4. The SOP for tomorrow is out and David & Delpo are not on it, so it's going to be Wednesday.

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  5. Wednesday hmmmm, maybe a better chance to play on AA ?

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    1. Could be, yeah. Though it might also depend on the weather tomorrow and whether all of the matches can be played.

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  6. you were right Julia, if it were to be played tomorrow, i dont think they could've replaces the Williams, Roddick or Djokovic

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  7. The organisers have their own rules for making the SOP... ;)

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  8. Yeh this interview seems really positive which is important as its been a bad trot. But it's good he seems serious to do well. Hopefully trying to play singles in DC I mean wanting to play, could thrive him on even more. Yessss I'm so buzzing for we'd

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  9. I'm so glad my class isn't meeting this Wednesday!
    You know what sucks? I had better tennis TV coverage back at the UAE than here in the USA!

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  10. But as you're in the US, you can at least watch the free streams on the USO website. :)

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  11. Camilia, you probablu used to watch via Aljazeera ?
    It's probably the most powerful sport broadcaster in the world, they broadcast almost 90% of all tennis tournaments played.My subscription ended today though, and im not sur if the US Open has a Multichannel broadcast for their 3 big courts or one channel that switches in between them, because if its more than 1 channel, am gna renew my subscription in order to catch nalby's match in case its on Grandstand etc.

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    1. That's right Noubar. I watched tennis on Aljazeera in addition to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, they do show tennis every now and then.
      Bad timing for your subscription to end! If you watch their channels heavily then it's a good idea to renew otherwise, a live stream maybe?

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  12. yeh when i ws holiday in lebanon i watched nalbys matches on al jazeera +8 and at times +4 and at time +10. Here in london we have sky sports and the red button shows the 6 show courts so im defo seeing david no matter wat on tv

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  13. Julia any idea about the doubles OOP? is it possible to be tomorrow as well ?

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  14. Nalbandian withdrew due to abdominal tear ???? omg is this trueee

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  15. I just arrived at my computer and saw the news. I'll try to find out more.

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  16. http://www.tennis.com/news/2012/08/report-nalbandian-pull-out-us-open/39076/#.UD0VksEgcTY

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  17. Guillermo E Salatino ‏@GuilleSalatino
    Nalbandian no se presentarla a jugar con Del Potro por una molestia en el intercostal. D acuerdo a la ATP seretiraria del single y del doble

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