After the press conference yesterday, the doors of the Parque Roca remained closed for the media today while the team continued its preparations for the tie. So what photos there are, here and on the Photo Page, are by AAT. Though there was one visitor, who was allowed inside and invited to follow today's training from a seat in the front row - Juan Ignacio Chela (see pic).
The only training session for the day took place in the morning and once more saw David practicing doubles together with Horacio Zeballos. This time, they played against Charly Berlocq and Leo Mayer.
Horacio, who called it an honour to have been nominated again and the Davis Cup something he used to dream of as a child, had the following to say about David yesterday:
I feel comfortable, playing with him. He was my doubles partner when I made my [Davis Cup] debut and that was one of my best matches. You have to give the best you can. With David's experience and the motivation I have we're a very strong team. I hope we can win. The will to win is there. David is a great player, he's experienced and for me, he's one of the best Argentine Davis Cup players of all time. He gives me a lot of peace, calmness and knowledge. (Source.)Tomorrow, after training, it'll be time for the traditional official dinner. Apparently, it's going to take place at the Parque Roca - just like the practice sessions and the press conferences and the draw ceremony. Which is perhaps not very creative but definitely very practical.
While on Thursday, at 11am local (2pm GMT/9am EST) we'll officially get to know what awaits us (in what order) on the weekend when the draw ceremony takes place.
Last but not least, on Saturday David will not only play the doubles, that much seems certain now, he'll apparently also get an award by the ITF in recognition of his Davis Cup appearances (source).
The Davis Cup Commitment Award (for having played 20 Davis Cup ties or more) will be awarded to Guillermo Vilas, José Luis Clerc, Ricardo Cano and Javier Frana on Saturday, ahead of the doubles. David, however, playing his 25th tie this weekend, will receive his award at the official dinner tonight (source). After all, he'll have to play on Saturday.
Edit: And the very latest news - David will play doubles at São Paulo, together with Rafa Nadal (source).