Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Chilean Mystery & Another Interview

On Wednesday, November 20, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will play an exhibition at the Movistar Arena in Santiago de Chile (they will also meet in Buenos Aires, on the day after David's match against Nadal). And the event will include Nicolas Massu's farewell, in form of a match against - David?

That's what the Chilean press has been reporting. And now, as you can see here, the organisers have added David's photo and name to the poster for the event. While David's official site still insists that his next match will be the first of the two exhibitions with Nadal. And nothing has been heard from David or his camp about a match against Massu.
In other words, we'll have to wait and see if David will play in Chile. It would be on the day before his exhibition with Nadal in Córdoba.

David was at the BALTC today, where together with Martin Jaite he answered questions by junior players.

And then there's the interview I still owe you.

Some bits and pieces from it...

A good head for tennis
Having one is, in David's opinion, all about recognising the opponent's strengths and weaknesses as well as knowing when to play which shot, where to and why. So that every shot has a purpose. He agrees that he has a pretty good head for tennis and adds that he tried to win points from everywhere on court.

A private decision
The decision to retire began to form in his head when he realised that it would be impossible for him to play the Davis Cup semifinal in Prague. After that he went back to his family and he talked a bit with them about the situation. But he prefers to make his decisions on his own - and he also did in this case.

Opponents who brought out the best in him
In David's opinion: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt and Guillermo Coria. Whenever he beat any of them it was because he was playing his very best tennis.
(David previously also mentioned Safin as perhaps the most difficult opponent for him.)

How the game has changed
Tennis is faster now than it was when he started playing on the Tour and players usually don't have a glaring weakness in their game anymore. By now, basically all players are complete and able to hit the ball very hard from every position on court.