Nalbandian: 'Davis Cup 2008 final wasn't well prepared, Del Potro prioritized other things'



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Nalbandian: 'Davis Cup 2008 final wasn't well prepared, Del Potro prioritized other things'

Three years ago David Nalbandian retired from tennis. The Argentinean player officially called it a career in October 2013 because he had been suffering many injuries. A dificult but inevitable choice for him. 'Being injured is the worst thing in the World', he admitted to Fox Sports TV.

'If it wasn't for the arm injury, I would have kept playing for another year or two. Now for me tennis is the past, I don't play even during the weekends.' Nalbandian spoke much about the Davis Cup, saying at the moment he doesn't see himself as captain of the Argentinean team: 'It takes time, you need to travel and the moment I am not ready to do it.' Commenting instead on the upcoming final against Croatia, Nalbandian said: 'It's better to play against them because against Great Britain we would have had less chances.

Physically it won't be easy, playing Davis Cup for three days in a row is tough. Hopefully my compatriots feel what I felt when I was wearing Argentinean t-shirt. You don't play for Nalbandian, you play for Argentine.' The 2002 Wimbledon finalist played and lost three Davis Cup finals: against Russia in 2006, two years after against Spain that also won in 2011.

Many regrets especially in 2008 when Nadal didn't play and Argentina had chosen to play on a hard-court: 'Spain is the only country that forces you not to chose Clay. We did not prepare it well, a few things missed and maybe Del Potro prioritized other things.'


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