Fernando writes a sort of column for La Tercera from time to time. Here’s the newest one from today. It's always great to read something written by himself
Like I said last year many times I'm so glad that he listens to his body and takes a rest whenever he feels the need for it. Hope the rest helps especially the shoulder and he'll back at 100% in IW. Fernando
A well thought rest
With the years of my career I have realized a very important thing: many times the rest is equal or more important than the work. And that was what carried me to withdraw of the tournaments in Memphis and Las Vegas that I at first had planned to play and would have been the start to the season of hard courts in the United States.
I was not hundred percent prepared to play and today not a large advantage can be given when facing rivals without being physically well. Perhaps four years ago I’d have been played without measuring the consequences, but now already I have the capacity to give me account what things are the best for me, above all thinking about that I do not want to be in two years full of injuries and thinking about the retirement. It is important to be selective, because today the tendency is to play less and less and to select well the tournaments.
I will return to the circuit in Indian Wells, later to play in Miami. They are two large tournaments, the first Masters Series of the season, for which it is necessary to arrive well prepared and entire physically. And later the Davis Cup comes against United States, in a party that I have many desires to play.
This week they decide where will they play and in what surface. I’ve heard that it can be grass, but I want them to decide before giving my opinion, because I do not want to give trails to them.
It is clear that they have the frying pan by the handle, but truly that the same thing gives me where be played. They are the favourite, but we have left clear that we are more than the underdog. Therefore I dare to say that it is an open party and I am sure that we can win. As much as Nicolas and I have won in different tournaments to Andy Roddick, to James Blake and to the Bryan brothers, like they have won to us. But I repeat that any thing can happen and we will arrive prepared to give the fight.