But that he's losing ground in the rankings (and will continue to, in the coming weeks) is probably not what's on his mind right now.
Also without David taking to the court, it was supposed to be another triumphant weekend at the Parque Roca. The stadium where the Argentine team, cheered on by its famously vociferous fans, had so far always emerged victorious. This time, however, the weekend at the Parque Roca ended with a defeat. And with the realisation that the major factor in Argentine Davis Cup tennis was, is, and perhaps always will be - drama.
On the Argentine team, however, the drama once more began already during the week before the tie. While the rest of the team prepared for the semifinal together, appeared on team photos and at a press conference of the new team sponsor, Delpo was training at a club in Buenos Aires. On Wednesday, two days ahead of the tie, he joined the others. And he gave several interviews, saying that he'd play "for the people". Wednesday was also the day of the official dinner that Delpo apparently didn't want to attend. Reportedly, Jaite told him that if he didn't show up he'd be excluded from the team (source).
After three years with Tito Vázquez, at the end of last year the AAT decided to appoint Martin Jaite as captain. A dream come true for David, who had wanted his former coach for the job ever since Luli Mancini resigned. Delpo on the other hand was reportedly not amused that the AAT made this decision without consulting him. The appointment of Mariano Zabaleta as vice-captain (who hails from Tandil, just like Delpo) was apparently an attempt at building bridges between the two formerly opposed factions (Jaite was still David's coach at Mar del Plata). But now, the relationship between Jaite and Delpo is described as very strained.
Still, over all of this, it gets easy to overlook what shouldn't be overlooked - Pico, Edu and Charly. And all the other players who never took part in any of the drama, those who were simply there, who played and did the best they could. Those, who had (and still have) to put up with the antics of Delpo and of David, who's also no saint in this regard.
On Wednesday, the draw will be made for the Davis Cup 2013. Martin Jaite will continue as Argentina's captain, he's under contract until 2014. But will Delpo play next year?
And above all - will David?