Giving interviews has never been one of David's favourite ways to spend his time. But now that he is officially retired, it's all a bit more relaxed. - Or at least that's the impression you get when you watch the clips from the TV interview that David gave Gonzalo Bonadeo for TyC Sports and that aired on Thursday. As well as the other interview David gave on that occasion (see below).
So here's a summary of the parts I got to see, plus some photos from my archives. In David's words:
Asked with whom he'd rather be on court, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, David says the two of them are very different. He has known Federer for a long time, since junior days. Rafa appeared on the scene a few years later, and their styles of playing are very different. He likes Rafa's game better because his shots are higher, with a bigger net clearance. Whereas Roger, when he's playing well, he hardly gives you the chance to see the ball. Federer has been more difficult to overcome because if Rafa loses confidence his shots get too short and his level drops, which makes him more accessible. Whereas Federer's level doesn't vary that much and he has more weapons he can use.
The final was all about the mental aspect. He lost the first two sets in a tiebreak but knew that it was close and that he could've just as well led by two sets. At that moment he still believed that he could win the match. And then things turned around completely and he won sets 3 and 4 very easily, 6-1 and 6-3 he thinks (6-2 and 6-1 it was). He was ahead in the fifth, then got close but there were some magic moments now and then, like in the second set and he just ran and fought on. In the end, it was some important mental decisions at certain moments in the match that made the difference.
He always loved team competitions, ever since junior days and whether in South America or on the global level. It was something he really liked to do. And whenever he was playing Davis Cup it always helped him to think that he was playing for his country.
But nothing 'strange' happened. When they lost the doubles and he didn't show up at the press conference afterwards, he wanted to take a shower and there was no hot water. So he said, that's it, I'm out of here. And he left. Later he heard about the fight in the locker room that he was supposed to have been involved in. What bothers him the most about things like that, things that never happened is - who said this? Something that's not true? And then people who were not there confirm that it happened. But it didn't happen.
Apart from that, while he was at it, David also talked to Marcelo Gantman for Vorterix.
Unfortunately, I don't have time now to transcribe/summarise this interview as well.
But I'll get back to it next week.