Before we'll focus on the Golden Swing, starting with São Paulo, David's first ATP tournament of the season, here's one more post about the Davis Cup, in the wake of Argentina's unexpectedly clear and easy first-round victory over Germany.
As mentioned in the previous post, the celebrations and reactions afterwards included some digs at Delpo. In the meantime, however, Martin Jaite has said that he's planning to call Delpo, to ask him to play the quarterfinal tie (source). And some adjustments have been made. While Pico denied that any disrespectful songs were sung in the locker room, Horacio apologised via his Twitter, stating that he didn't want to offend anybody with what he said in the press conference and that Delpo is a great player, who always wants Argentina to win. In short, there's been a major round of back-pedalling.
The one who hasn't taken back anything he said or insinuated, also ahead of the tie ("playing Davis Cup is not a choice you make but an obligation that you feel") is David. Here's what he told Mariano Ryan and Miguel Angel Bertolotto for Clarin. About the Davis Cup in general and also about Delpo.
Q: David, how much longer are you going to try and play Davis Cup?
David: Until I lose the desire, the motivation to play tennis. That's what it'll depend on.
Q: When you retire from the Tour you'll also retire from Davis Cup.
David: It's very difficult to only play Davis Cup without being on the Tour. Without rhythm, without match practice, without anything. It's complicated. Time will tell.
Q: It's clear that the only strong motivation you have left is the Davis Cup.
David: Strong, yeah, obviously. Definitely.
Q: If you were ten years younger and could start your Davis Cup career all over again, what would you do differently and which things that you did would you do again?
David: I'd do everything the same again.
Q: You don't regret any decision that you made?
David: No, not in Davis Cup, I think. I always gave everything I could in every tie, sometimes it went well, sometimes it didn't, sometimes it did more or less. Whenever I didn't play it was because I really couldn't play tennis. Fortunately, I did a half-decent job of rising to the occasion.
Q: In the three finals you played, were there mistakes that were made or were the opponents too strong?
David: Against Spain, in Mar del Plata, we lost the final, ourselves. It clearly was a tie that we should've won. In Russia and in Sevilla we lost because the opponents were better than we were.
Q: How much do you need Del Potro to win the Davis Cup?
David: Juan Martin is an extremely important player for the team, no doubt about that. Not being able to count on him now is a shame.
Q: Is it impossible for you to achieve your last great dream without Del Potro? Or do you still see a chance for it to happen?
David: Everything is possible but Argentina has a better chance to win if he plays. Everybody knows that. Though there were also doubts about how we were going to beat Germany and in the end we won 5-0. Then again the opponents get tougher as you make your way through the rounds.
Q: What's your relationship with Del Potro like? Zero?
David: It's a relationship between teammates.
Q: But Del Potro isn't part of the team now.
David: But on the Tour, yes. There, I have more of a relationship with him than I do with other players but he's just another teammate.
Q: Do you understand why he's determined not to play Davis Cup this year?
David: I respect his decision because everybody shapes their own career as they want.
Q: But you don't share his decision.
David: I made a different choice. But we're not all the same and as I said, this is the kind of career where each and everyone chooses the path they want and they like best. And that's perfect.
Q: If another one of your teammates did the same thing like Del Potro, for example Monaco, would you talk to him?
David: But that's the same. Those are individual decisions. What you'r talking about is too hypothetical. It didn't happen. If it happened, I'd respect each player's decision.
Q: Does it bother you that always, with every tie, there's the question about the unity of the team? About how united the team is or isn't...
David: Those are comments made by the media. We try to do things the best way we can. And then the media have to fill pages...
Q: Still, the reality is that ever since the days of Vilas and Clerc there have been obvious differences [between players on the Argentine team].
David: I can't say anything about those days because I wasn't there. Yeah, I can talk about what I've experienced these last few years. Among the players and within the teams there are always differences. Small ones or big ones, from something important to the training schedule, because someone would like to train earlier or later. It's stupid. I've had five different captains and I must've had fifteen different teammates. And you always have one, who likes one thing and another, who likes something else. Everybody has their moods, their personality, their stuff. There are always differences, that's the way it is. I always say that if you want to win it the Davis Cup has to be above all differences, whether big or small. If not then it's impossible to win it. You'll never have a team of four, five, six players where everybody agrees to train at the same hour, to eat the same food at the same time. Because we're not used to that, to being on a team. Well, I'll say it again, the Davis Cup has to be above those issues.
Q: Apart from playing well, the secret to winning the Davis Cup is to smooth out these differences.
David: The secret is to win. They can all be fighting but if you still win, you win. They can all be close friends and if you lose, you go to the Zonal Group. That's why the secret is to win. You can do it better or worse, you can have a better or worse environment, be closer to one or the other but in the end what matters is winning. We get together on Sunday evening [for the traditional team meeting]. If we couldn't get together some day but still played on the weekend and won... If that happened, who'd say that not getting together is bad?
Q: How would you rank the joy of having defeated Germany compared to other victories?
David: It's very difficult to compare. In each tie, different things happen, for better or for worse. But those days have been very good for everybody. Each one of us practiced what he had to practice, each one of us knew what he had to do. Even if we had lost we would've been satisfied with this way of working. And then you can win or lose, those are the rules in sports. Fortunately, we won... That's right, the 5-0 was a surprise for us. We were expecting a more complicated tie.
Q: Next up will be France...
David: A very tough opponent, tougher than Germany. Because of the number of players they have and the different possibilities. If the number 8 [in the world] can't be there, it'll be number 11... If number 11 isn't there, here comes number 14...
Q: What the weekend has shown once again is that the love story between you and the people is unshakeable.
David: The things that happen in Davis Cup are unique, for better or for worse. It's very nice to experience so much emotion. And I feel that the support by the people is unconditional, whether I play singles or doubles. The people appreciate whatever match I play, what I can give or not give to Argentina. This kind of recognition is incomparable.