David Nalbandian: "my dream is to win a medal in the Olympics”
David Nalbandian is one of the many elite sportsmen our country has. He has the 6th place in the ATP Ranking and 9th in the Champion’s Race.
The cordobes is also a passionate for cars and especially the rally. LA OPINION, had a chat with the Unquillo player, in Villa Carlos Paz.
Under a blue cap is the legend that identifies that province. “Córdoba, the heart of my country”-and with a coat of that same color, which reflects clearly his passion for rally, David Nalbandian followed very closely the Argentina Republic Rally.
Before the start of the competence, the N°6 tennis player in the world, was “playing” tennis with the Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who defined as “a player that surprised me”.
After that, Sainz invited him occupy the right SEAT of the Citroën Xsara, in one of the run that “el matador” made in the shakedown, in the Pro-Racing complex.
”It was a wonderful experience”, said Nalbandian. That way, the chat started between his professional career and his “weekness”, as he defines it-for speed.
-I imagine you’re enjoying in a special way these days.
-Sure, because this is what I always liked. Since I was a kid, I went with my family to see the rally, that was very near to my hose, in Unquillo. And when I have a chance to go, like this year, I try to take it since the teams arrive in Cordoba.
-What did you feel when Carlos Sainz invited you to join him?
-It was a condition I imposed to Carlos-he says it with an impish smile-when we finished playing tennis. It’s impressive how he drives and he does it so naturally that is amazing.
-Do you see in your future a rally pilot?
-It’s a possibility, but today in my life is all about tennis and in my mind there’s nothing else. Maybe, once I retire I’ll run a race.
-When will you start playing again?
-I think I’ll be able to be in the American tournaments, but my most important goal is to be at my best for the Olympics. My dream is to win a medal. It would be great for me and for Argentina as well.
-The chances are good.
-I think so, but I’m aware that the level will be very good, because the best will be in Athens. I’ll try to get a medal in singles and also in doubles, with Guillermo (Coria).
-The fact that three Argentinian players are among the best 11 (Coria, Nalbandian and Gaudio) reflects the excelent moment that our tennis is having.
-It’s not a coincidence that this is happening, because this generation has given great tennis players. In the last seasons, the results we’ve been getting were truly amazing. And I am convinced that we’ll go on getting titles for our country.
-Do you consider yourself as the most complete player in Argentina?
-Maybe, because I feel comfortable in every surface. I started playing in a hard court and that helped me a lot to gain, maybe like no other Argentinian, an experience that today allows me to have a good performance in slow and fast surfaces.
-If you had the chance to choose, Which of the four Grand Slams would you like to win?
-I’m between Wimbledon and the US Open, and then Roland Garros but all of them are important. The tennis player that wins a Grand Slam is part of history. That’s clear.
-Can Argentina win the Davis Cup?
-Sure. And we will win it more than once. It’s the grand challenge we’ve set and we will give all that’s necessary to get it.
Víctor Hugo Fux