Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Interviews: Davis Cup, Delpo and Plans for 2013

(Cancha Llena/archive)

The photo above isn't really new, it's another one of those that were taken in Villa Allende in November. But what's new that's these two interviews here. The first David agreed to do this year.
First of all, here are some questions that David apparently answered per email (by Ariel Giuliani and Héctor Torres for Ambito):
Q: What's your general assessment of 2012?

David: While the end of the year wasn't good because of the injury I had some stretches of good tennis during the season.

Q: In 2013, is the Davis Cup going to be the primary objective again?

David: The first objective is the tie against Germany, which won't be easy. When I was mapping out the the season together with my team we determined that it wasn't advisable to travel to Australia, in order to be at my best for the Davis Cup.

Q: During the last tie Jaite said that he still seeks to perfect the Argentine team. What do you think this team still needs to win the Davis Cup?

David: Argentina has a great team and a great captain for winning the Davis Cup. Apart from that it also depends on luck whether you're at your best for each tie.

Q: Will this season be as tough as the last? The calendar won't be as packed without the Olympics.

David: All seasons are very tough because of the travelling, the number of tournaments and especially the surface changes.

Q: How much is the birth of your child going to influence what will happen this year? Could that be an emotional boost?

David: We were very happy about the news but for now it's not going to have an influence on how I plan my schedule, although I don't want to put myself under pressure. Good news always have an influence on the minds of players.

Q: You were one of Roger Federer's toughest opponents at a time when he was at his best. What are your experiences and what have you learned from having played against him?

David: Against Federer I've played since  we were juniors and those were always very good matches. Rather than having learned something, I feel honoured to have played against him many times and to have defeated him, the best tennis player of all time.

Q: Speaking of Federer, what did his recent visit mean for Argentine tennis?

David: Apart from the fact that it was an exhibiton [two matches against Delpo] it's great that the Argentine public had the opportunity to see him up close, to enjoy that and assure themselves of his qualities as a tennis player and as a human being.

Q: After winning the Masters Cup in 2005 you said you'd play three or five more years. That was seven years ago and you're still a highly respected player. What will the next few years look like for you?

David: There's no point in planning too far ahead. Back then in that moment I probably felt that I'd wear myself out more rapidly. But I prefer to set short-term goals for myself, without thinking of retirement dates or anything like that. I play, I enjoy it, I still want to win tournaments.

Q: In the more distant future, do you see yourself as part of the tennis world or outside of it? Have you ever thought about becoming Davis Cup captain?

David: What I'm sure about is that I'll always be close to the sport but I don't know in what kind of role. As I've said before, I don't want to plan too far ahead.

Q: Without using the word "everything" what would you give to win the Davis Cup?

David: I'd give what I've always given, all of the effort that's in my power to give because I want Argentina to win the Davis Cup.

Apart from that, yesterday David also did a live interview on FM Rock and Pop, an Argentine radio station. Here are some quotes (via Cancha Llena), first of all about Delpo, his public dispute with Martin Jaite, and the consequences for Argentina's Davis Cup campaign.
I probably know less about it than you do because I'm in Córdoba, that's where I live and I come here [to Buenos Aires] when I have to play. I'm sure that I'm not aware of many of the things that may have happened, and I'm not interested in them. I always think about trying to put together the best possible team.
- Spoken like a future Davis Cup captain. But of course he had to talk a bit more about Delpo and his decision not to play any ties this year:
Everyone leads his own life and plans his schedule as he wants. The season is very tough. The Davis Cup takes place during those weeks when players should be resting. It's different with Rafa [Nadal] and [Novak] Djokovic beause they've already won the Davis Cup. Everyone can have different priorities, there's no point in debating about that. Tennis players are individualists.
Juan Martin is a very important player for the team. Playing without him obviously reduces our chances against any country. We have to face this season the way things are, with the rest of the players.
A pragmatic and most of all very diplomatic reply from David. Who seems to have changed his mind, as far as his expectations for this season are concerned. Last month, he still talked about getting back inside the Top50. Now the ranking no longer matters:
This is obviously the final stage of my career. The priorities are different. I know now that I can't fight to be at the top anymore, for physical and motivational reasons. It's not the same at 31 as it is at 22. You look for something else in your life. I still want to play this season, I'm doing the pre-season now. I haven't looked at the ranking, I don't have any idea. If I'm in good shape I should be able to beat anyone. The only thing about not having a good ranking [and therefore not being seeded] is that you get meet the top guys earlier.
I don't even look at the ranking, I don't care if I finish the season at 20 or 80. I'll do my best to win matches and a tournament.

On a different but not completely unrelated note: Good news from Pico, his wrist is better (source).


  1. thank you Julia!
    in both of these interviews, there's a thing I really like : when he says he still wants to play and do his best to win matches. He's still having the motivation to do well and it's okay to not have much expectations about the ranking... though it means every tournament will be tough draw-wise.

    that was indeed a diplomatic reply about the Delpo question :D

  2. Well, maybe they asked him about the coming months because David will have a lot of points to defend (especially at IW) and could very easily fall out of the Top100. Though he doesn't have much to defend after that.

    What he says here reminds me of the theory I had last year, about David wanting to prove he can be the player again he was before hip surgery. Able to go deep at the big events, able to win titles and to beat anyone on a good day. I think he put himself under too much pressure, last season. I hope he won't make the same mistake again.

  3. It's the best we could expect from David about his career. I hope he has a good year without serious injuries and lots of good, memorable matches against top players.

  4. And a bit of fun on court. I think that could really help.

  5. I've just been watching a recording of Lleyton Hewitt's AO match today, and the first thing that struck me was the terrible, terrible outfit he was wearing. I couldn't spot the Yonex logo though, among the mess of curves and lines on his shirt. The commentator has just informed me that Hewitt now has his own brand, called "Cmon".

    But for a few moments there, I entertained myself with the thought that David had had a lucky escape ditching Yonex for Topper. :)

    Anyone who's seen Hewitt's new gear, try picturing David in it. Nooooooooooooooo!

  6. Funny that you mentioned Lleyton Hewitt, Istabraq. I was just thinking how strange it seems that David isn't in Melbourne this year. That match with Rusty two years ago was a classic. And the match with Isner last year was pretty damned good too. At least until that clown Nouni took things into his own hands. Thought about staying up to watch the Tipsarevic-Hewitt match last night, but the 1:00 am start didn't seem worth it. Glad I didn't.