Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Davis Cup (& some other things) - A New Interview


Update (25/01)
Visual evidence at last - David at the Parque Roca (on the small training court next to the stadium), preparing for the tie under the watchful eye of Martin Jaite.
A couple more pics on the Photo Page.


Ahead of the first Davis Cup tie this year and to pass the time until the preparations for it begin in Buenos Aires tomorrow, here's the latest interview with David. Another one that was conducted by email, apparently the preferred strategy of getting David to do interviews, of late...
Q: If you look back at your career, what's the first thing that comes to your mind?

David: The first thing that comes to my mind is that I'm happy because I have achieved lots of goals that I set for myself.

Q: The Davis Cup is something that slipped through your fingers these last few years. Is that what makes it your priority and what makes you go on?

David: Yes, for sure. Without doubt, these days the Davis Cup is my great objective and my main motivation. But I still play every match on the Tour with a lot of intensity.

Q: Is there an added pressure of having to win the Davis Cup because you got so close?

David: It's not pressure, it's the will to win it, it's a huge desire and I'll continue to pursue it for as long as I'll play.

Q: Why did you not win it?

David: There were different reasons, each time. But we learn from each tie. We know that it's important to have a strong team and luck is also very important.

Q: How necessary is "the team" for winning the Davis Cup? After all, it's an individual sport.

David: Obviously, it's necessary to have a good team with good players to be able to win the [Davis] Cup.

Q: It's seems that everything that happens around the team, what they say about your relationship with Del Potro, or the relationship between Juan Martin and Jaite etc, it seems that all of that doesn't help you.

David: Of course it would be better if there wasn't so much of a fuss being made about the team. But it's the Davis Cup and that's part of it.

Q: With the current team and absences, what chances does Argentina really have?

David: Before you think of the final you have to get through the first round. We have to take firm but short steps because there's no sense in thinking about the final if we have to face a strong team like Germany. If we win there's the next strong opponent. You have to take it step by step.

Q: What does Del Potro not being there mean for Argentina?

David: I won't be revealing any secrets, talking about the quality of Juan Martin. He's Argentina's number one. That he won't be there will make the tie a lot more difficult.

Q: You haven't questioned Juan Martin's decision to resign from Davis Cup in order to focus on his individual career. Would you do the same if you were his age and had the chance to be among the best in the world?

David: It's not up to me to question it. I had my career the way I wanted it, listening to the advice of my team and the people around me. Those are absolutely personal and respectable decisions.

Q: Could you play three matches in this tie or do you prefer to focus on the singles?

David: I'm at the captains disposal and I respect his decisions as captain. If I could I'd play five matches but Davis Cup is about strategy and thinking about what's best for the team, rather than personal wishes.

Q: Are there days when you don't think about the Davis Cup?

David: I'm not obsessed with the [Davis] Cup. It's a huge motivation for me because it's the only trophy that's still missing in Argentina's showcase. I'd love to win it but I also think about the Tour and what's still left of my career.

Q: Apart from the Davis Cup, which Nalbandian will we see on the Tour this year?

David: It''ll be the best Nalbandian possible. I'm going out there to win every match that I play, like I always have. But I'm not going to set goals for myself, concerning the rankings or something like that because I know that with good results the ranking will come.

Q: You're among the most beloved tennis players in Argentina. What do you think you've done to deserve it?

David: I didn't do anything, or rather I didn't try to do anything to make them love me more or less than they do. Maybe people recognise that I never saved myself and that I always give everything to win. Though I'm not the one who should be answering this question, I think.

Q: On a personal level, how has the fact that you'll soon be a dad changed you?

David: It's a great joy, incomparable, we're looking forward to it and I'm excited to think about it.

Q: And in everyday life? Do you try to imagine situations with your future child? How do you think you'll be as a parent?

David: I imagine us together in the garden, playing with the dogs... I'll enjoy that, for sure.

Q: If, at a certain age age, your child tells you about wanting to become a tennis pro, what kind of advice do you give?

David: I'd say - off to work... Haha. Obviously, I'm not going to decide my child's life. If my child wants to become a tennis player that I can talk about the pros and cons. But my child will be what she wants to be.

Q: And how do you see yourself in the future? Will there still be a connection with tennis or are you going to look for a different occupation?

David: I don't look too far ahead and right now I still play tennis professionally. I'm sure that I'll stay close to sports because that's my passion but I don't know yet what I'm going to do the day I retire.

Q: People in Argentina have dreamed about winning the Davis Cup these last few years. Can you tell them that they can dream again this year?

David: Yes, of course. You can always dream. Without forgetting that it's very diffuclt to play and win each tie. But without hope there's no point in playing.

Q: Do you dream?

David: Like I did on the first day.


  1. Q: Are there days when you don't think about the Davis Cup?
    haha :)

  2. I like his reply to the one you quoted: I'm not obsessed with the Davis Cup.
    - Yeah, right. lol

  3. lol I think that, through the years, the Argies journalists have become more obsessed with the DC than the tennis players themselves :D

    Imagine if his daughter wants to be a tennis pro like her daddy, it could be fun to see him as her coach (not as a controlling freak, of course lol)

    1. I think it's impossible to be more obsessed with DC than David is... ;)
      He called it his obsession before, no idea why not this time.

  4. Hahaha yeh those comments :P some decent answers this time. Hahahaha true mira, she'd be our new mad fan but nothin compared to our love to el rey hahaha. But when were watchin they would show him like a lot hahaha

  5. I get the feeling that everybody agrees that those answers are so not David :p Either he's having a character change or just messing up with us :p

    1. Being a parent (or, in his case, a parent-to-be) changes you.

  6. Well, he showed remarkable (you could also say astounding) restraint so far, talking about Delpo. But in a new TV interview for ESPN that will air on Sunday David apparently dropped a couple of hints as to what he thinks. I'll post that interview (or rather, a preview clip of it) tomorrow.

    1. We can still give him credit for his initial restraint. After all it's not easy to do :)

    2. No, can't have been easy for him. But I think he knows it's better to be a bit more subtle in this case than he often was in the past. ;)