these are just words on JMDP said by Nalbandian on an interview for Olé
—¿A quién ves si no estuvieras, pensando que será en cancha rápida?
—Me lavo las manos, que decida Mancini, ja. Juan Martín del Potro es superinteresante para tenerlo en cuenta. No lo descartaría.
R- Who do you see if you were not, (playing in Austria for Davis Cup), thinking on the fast surface?
N- I don't want to go into it, Mancini has to decide,(laugh). Juan Martín del Potro is a very interesting option. I would think about it.
Well, personally, I think it is very likely that JM will be called to go to Austria. He has to get some experience in DC somewhere for the future, and a tie against "lesser" opposition could be a good place to start. Not meaning any offence to Austria or their players - but they are obviously not of the calibre of countries like Spain, USA or France. Also - without Nalbandian and Chela, the options of an Argentine player who can play well on faster surfaces are severely limited - Acasuso, Cañas and Calleri are obvious contenders I would have thought - but who else? JM would certainly make a better 4th player than Gaudio or Coria I think
If he does get chosen, I guess this will change his schedule somewhat, as I can't see him going to the States to play in a US tournament the week before DC because of the time difference etc. Maybe he will elect to play in Zagreb instead, as that is the same time zone as Austria, a very short journey between the two, a similar temperature/weather etc. and a fast surface. We'll have to wait and see I guess.