A day later than originally planned and during the day instead of in the night session David finally got to play his first match at this year's Copa Claro. The conditions were not easy (and with the wind and the slow, heavy court basically the exact opposite of what they were last week) but David got the win in the end, defeating Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 after just under two hours. And setting up another "Battle of the Davids" in the second round today, against the top seed and defending champion David Ferrer.
Talking to the media after the match (a clip and some more quotes below), David said that despite his long week at São Paulo he's healthy and doing fine. But he knows that he'll have to play his best tennis to stand a chance against David Ferrer.
As far as his plans for this season are concerned, David wants to play those events that he likes and to play less in general.
It'll be more about enjoying those events that he plays and of course it'll also depend on how he feels and how fit he is.
Finally, here's another look at David at the BALTC but off-court this time, at his post-match press conference and then talking to ESPN afterwards. Saying that he feels good, that winning is always very important. The conditions are very different from last week and you have to work much harder for each point but he thinks it was a pretty good match. Asked about David Ferrer, he says their matches are always tough ones, close and complicated and he expects the same to happen again this time.