I´m angry too, but for different reasons. There are widespread rumours that Nalbandian fought with poor Del Potro yesterday, he then had a heated argument with Mancini regarding who should be the other singles player on Sunday, and today he had a fight with Calleri. I´m fed up with this diva attitude. He then stomped off and shirked the press conference and will be fined 10,000 dollars by the ITF. I think Del Potro needs lots of support from fellow players and the media right now when he must be feeling like hell, and Calleri played better than Nalbandian today, above his ranking, so what´s DN´s beef anyway?
Rumours can sometimes be just that, rumours. And it's not as if the press are not always looking to create a conflict where there isn't one when things go wrong. You know, as well as I, it's always the same in Argentina - when we lose when we don't expect to, there are always stories of "internal conflict" being the reason - when in truth, sometimes it may have been the case, and in other cases not at all.
No one has done more to win Argentina a Davis Cup than David Nalbandian. He has gone beyond the call and obligation of duty to make himself available, to schedule around DC - so that he can be ready for DC, and not even his own ambitions on tour. Other players have not done this, not to say they don't care about playing for Argentina, they do, but no one wants it more than Nalbandian, no one, at all.
If he is angry/frustrated/disappointed, and has lashed out, then really who can blame him? He is a human being, and he has carried the burden of this team for many years, when he shouldn't have had to. Unlike many other nations, we have had countless players in the top 20/top30-50 who should have been able to contribute more than they had done.
Instead, it has always only been Nalbandian who can win any big match with clarity. Even when Chela was asked to beat some Croatian mug, he made an unbelievable meal of it. In Russia in the DC Final, Nalbandian produced two outstanding displays to win us two points and where were the other three just to help to produce one? They couldn't do it.
Now, here again, Nalbandian wins his singles with ease and then watches Del Potro fall apart literally and figuratively. Then he makes his own errors in the 3rd set TB in doubles, knowing that if we don't win that match, he may not get back on court again in a live rubber (or at all, because I doubt very much he, or any of them will actually play a dead rubber).
The frustration and anger at himself, at the situation and at the rest of the team must be incredibly hard to keep a lid on, and we know Nalbandian has never had any problem in letting people know how he feels.
And we're not even taking into account his already justified disgust that the tie was not in Cordoba, where it deserved to be, for him more than anyone else. Far from calling Nalbandian a diva, he has been anything but a diva in his Davis Cup career. He has won countless ties, on his own, and shared the joy with team mates who did nothing for him.
Really if there is any justice, Acasuso will find a way to win tomorrow and offer something to Nalbandian that these bunch of players (and we are talking about many of them - not just the current 3 others in the squad) have never done so far, a helping hand. Other than JMDP's performances against Russia, Nalbandian has been fighting on his own in search of history for Argentina.
This should have been a weekend of great celebration, instead it may turn out to be a severe humbling, and if Nalbandian is letting out anger behind the scenes, I can't blame him one bit. What more could he have done? Nothing. What more could others have done? Lots.
It's not a case of looking to blame anyone, but let's not go around criticising Nalbandian for being a crushed human being. He must be devastated, and his devastation is greater than any of the other players or any of the fans. He has sacrificed more for this, than any of them, or any of us. If he wants to lash out, he is entitled, I would have done a long time ago given how he has had to single handedly carry a nation with players who have been good enough for him not to have needed to be so responsible for the success/failure of the Davis Cup side.