Monday, December 10, 2012

The Last Event of the Year

It's always nice to play against him and there's always some entertaining stuff that happens.
That's what Nicolas Almagro said after his 7-6(6), 6-4 victory over David on Saturday, a match during which some entertaining stuff did indeed happen, from spectacular rallies to many a laugh the two of them shared on court. The clip above (if it doesn't show or play go here) includes a couple of those moments, as well as Almagro, adding that in his opinion, David is a "top player" and that the "talent he possesses is incredible". Still, Almagro proved to be too strong for David on Saturday, and he was also too strong for Pico in yesterday's final (which Almagro won 7-5, 6-2).

(Mauro Alfieri/La Nacion)
So no final for David this time around but the two matches he got to play were still a nice and conciliatory ending for what was a rather difficult season. And after his not very successful and increasingly grim performances in the second half of the year, and the uncertainty concerning the next, it was great to finally see him enjoying himself on court again. That's what I'll take from this year's Copa Argentina and I hope that's what he'll take from it, too.

Last but not least, you may remember this kind of interview from Roland Garros where they did the same thing, with the players answering questions in the car, on their way to the stadium. And here's David, on his way to the BALTC, not nervous because he's going to play but because he's in the back seat (as he says)...

Playing in Argentina means playing at home, enjoying to play in front of his home crowd, and the crowd enjoys it too because they don't get than many chances to watch the Argentine players live.
He has many ("muuuchos") favourite tournaments. It always depends on how you play and on the results, all of that plays a role. But the greatest tournaments are the Grand Slams, Melbourne, Paris, London, New York. Slams are just spectacular.
He decided to become a tennis player when he was still very young and that has shaped who he is. He chose it because his family played tennis and because he liked it.
Asked to pick a player, David goes for Roger Federer, who's "the greatest", the ideal player and a simply a "crack".