Re: 2008 AAMI Kooyong
The DAVID's press conference. I know it just be posted, but here there are the Q.
9 JANUARY 2008
PRESS CONFERENCE - DAVID NALBANDIAN
Q. We are sorry about what has happened to you today.
Q. Sort of - describe what happened with your back this
A. I was warming up this morning with Safin and I felt, like,
painful in the back, and I saw the doctor after and they
told me was a distension a little bit in the muscle, so I
need rest for three or four days and see how it's going.
So we will see.
Q. How painful was it at the time?
A. Well it's a little bit - it's tough to describe how much
you feel, I feel, but for sure I can't play. I can't even
hit slowly with the ball, so better to rest, to do
treatment, to recover the muscle and see how it is in two,
three days and start hitting slowly again and just see,
Q. Is it a new problem for you? Have you had this before?
A. No, the first time; so actually should be two, three,
maximum four days. That's what the doctor said, so I
should wait, and not much to do.
Q. Is that the process now, as far as the Open and your
preparation? At what point do you decide you have to pull
A. Well, it's difficult to say, but it's disappointing because
this is, this tournament and this exhibition will be the
first matches of the year for me, so will be better to play
and see how I feel on court, to get the feeling, on the
ball on the surface, with everything. So it's very, very
disappointing but I can't do much. So just wait, try to be
ready for Monday.
Q. You haven't played since October. Are you concerned that a
lack of tournament play will affect your Open?
A. You never know. I hope not, but it's, like I say now, I
prefer to play three matches here, be ready for the Open
with a good feeling. At the moment, I will start,
hopefully I'll start the Open without any match, without
any points, or will be a little tougher or a little
different than many years ago. But that's the way it is.
Q. You have seen a doctor. Have you had scans, or anything
A. After? Well, as soon as I can leave from here.
Q. Is it lower back, or up higher?
A. Median, L12.
Q. Did it happen on any particular movement, or what?
A. No, not really, just became from small to big, bigger, more
painful every movement I do; but it's what movement, or
what shot, or whatever.
Q. How long was the process from initial pain to "I can't
play", sort of? How long was that time-frame?
A. Well, I practised for an hour today and start, start
feeling it in the median 20 minutes, 30, 35 minutes, and
try to keep going all the way with Marat. We play points
and I feel like I couldn't continue so we, right after that
we saw the doctor and I explained the situation and they
tell me it's better to rest. It's not going to be any
better if I continue pushing so rest, treatment,
anti-inflammatories and wait.
Q. It's obviously quite frustrating for you, given the way you
ended last year and what you were doing in the off-season.
Were you working hard, did you feel good coming in?
A. Yes, perfect. I was just resting two weeks and a half, and
then I was, I start practising in the end of November, so
almost one month and a half practising hard. So I feel
great, I feel fit, everything, and today was very unlucky,
just warming up. It's bad luck.
Q. It's obviously better that it happens now than later?
Q. It's obviously better that it happens now, rather than next
week, during a tournament?
A. Of course. Of course. I have four days, five days
remaining to the Open so I think I will be okay, but you
never know. But it's better now than Monday.
Q. Do you wait until Monday to make a decision on the Open, or
do you need to have a hit Sunday, or something, to prove to
yourself that you can?
A. I'll try first, I'll try first definitely. I'm not going
to go on court Monday without any hit and play five-set
Q. So realistically, the deadline for you is sort of Sunday?
A. Yes, yes, Saturday, Sunday. Saturday, I'll start hitting
if I can, 30, 40, an hour's hit.
Q. You would be one of the few players on the court playing
Roger Federer. What is it, do you think, about your game
that troubles him?
A. I don't know. I like to play against him; I think both,
because we know each other from juniors, both. I think we
both enjoy playing each other. I don't know. It's tough
Q. Do you feel confident with him?
A. Yeah, motivation. He's No. 1 in the world and he just
loses very few matches. Every time you go on court and
play against him he has a great level, he's a great player,
so it's better.
Q. Thank you very much.
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