Finally nalbandian realises he needs to cut off some kilo's: source : www.vamosdavid.com First of all, a brief update about the Copa Argentina, which will start on Thursday. Marat Safin, the new vice president of the Russian Olympic committee, has withdrawn from the event and will be replaced by Gaston Gaudio. There goes the chance of seeing a last match between David and Marat... The draw for the Copa Argentina will be pulled tomorrow and there'll also be a press conference. (I hope you'll have a good time, Tamar. But now for some quotes from David from the last weekend. He did a variety of interviews for a variety of Argentine newspapers. Though the questions asked (as well as the answers given) were overall quite similar. Therefore, I've decided to combine quotes from different interviews to form a kind of "best of". I'll start with the one I've taken the headline from... The recovery and playing again There's no anxiety, I really want to play. I've been training but I'm still still need more matches under my belt and also more time. I think I approached it [the recovery] calmly and did those things well. And now it's time to play and have fun on the court, at least a little longer. It's a nice phase of the recovery process to be in, and it's part of the set-up for next year. Now I can [run] but at first, everything was forbidden and that was difficult to accept. The first time I was back on a tennis court, I was hitting the ball well and when the ball came at me, I felt like I could chase it down and I said to myself, "why are you still not allowed to run at all?". That month was pretty complicated. My analysis is that for almost a year and a half I played with a lot of pain, almost on one leg, and still I had some good results. Therefore, even in the worst case, I'll still be better than I was last year. There was no setback at any point of the rehabilitation. Initially, there was a little pain when I started doing exercises in the water. But afterwards, having talked to all kinds of people, [I found out that] the pain I felt was only one percent of what other people experience who've had knee surgery or hip surgery. So the recovery process went extremely well and that gives me hope. When I began with my pre-season training, I had pains in my wrist, shoulder, knee, ankle, joints and muscles that I hadn't been using for a while and which took their time, getting into the rhythm again. I couldn't play for two days because my right wrist hurt. And I was only playing for 20 minutes a day, standing in the middle of the court. Fortunately, right now I have several months of tennis ahead of me and I only feel the usual pre-season tiredness. The pause has its pros and cons. The pros have been being able to spend time here and take some time off the circuit. It makes you eager to return, with your batteries recharged. And the cons - having to have surgery because you don't know whether you'll come back. Although I'm doing well at the moment, I don't know what will be in three months. I still don't have much rhythm, or the nerves you need at 5-4 or in a tiebreak. But I think that I'll adjust quickly. I want to play points again, have fun. Up until now, everything has been very structured, planned, what to do off court for the rehabilitation and what to do on court, as well. I want to walk on court again without having to be careful. And to play, which is the nicest thing. About San Juan (after the match against Massu) I'm super content. It's been a while since I last was on a tennis court, playing [a match]. And the truth is that I felt very good from the start. Walking onto the court and being greeted by standing ovations from the crowd, that was great. It's very nice to see that people love and support you. And about the match, I did more than well for it being the first match. If I want to be back inside the Top Ten, I have to be in great shape. Everything has to work. For me, this has been a test under match conditions. I've played a couple of training matches but today it was different, to serve, having to really for it in some moments, getting only little rest between points. I had to give my best in each moment of this match to start finding my rhythm. (Martin Jaite's impression after the first match) I thought he played very accurate tennis, surprisingly accurate. He was very focused and eager to play. In top tennis, the state of mind is very important. If he's well and wants to play, he'll adjust to the Tour very quickly. (after the match against Gaudio) I'm happy. I think it's very nice, playing my first matches after the pause in Argentina. It's encouraging to play at home, having your network of people with you, those who have supported you at all times. I'm happy to be playing again. to be on court, enjoy the sport, tennis and to sweat a little is good. I'm fine, I felt good when I woke up today [after having played the first match]. My wrist hurt a little but after a couple of games I adapted to it and then it didn't bother me anymore. I don't have any problems with my hip and that's much more important. I have to keep on playing, keep adding more hours on the court. Looking ahead The deal I have with my doctor is to take it easy with my schedule for the first three or four months. To not play several weeks in a row and rest enough until the body has adjusted to playing competitive tennis again. I'm not going to be careful about anything, I'm not going to decide which ball to chase down and which not. I'm not going to have doubts about that. I just have to try and do it to see where I stand. The big matches obviously are the ones I always love to play but I don't have the rhythm yet it takes to face players like that. Right now, I can't walk on court and say, "I want to beat Federer or Nadal". I can play well against them but beating them after having been sidelined for such a long time is difficult. Nothing is certain. I say it could be two more years, three or one. I hope it's not going to happen but if I get to October next year and I see that I can't realistically expect to win anything, then I'll say, "goodbye, I'm tired of being frustrated, I'll do something else." Right now, the situation is a different one, I'm in good shape and so I can dream about having another two years of playing at a high level. I want to play for another two or three years. And here's a little exchange between David and Marcelo Maller from Clarin... David: The doctor tells me that it'll be three or four months. By the time I get to Indian Wells, more or less, I should be fine. Maybe I'll go to Auckland or the Australian Open and I'm fine. I hope so. Q: That's around the time of the Davis Cup [first-round tie against Sweden]. David: If it was about wanting to play Davis Cup, then I'd be playing Davis Cup all the time. But it will depend on how I start the year. Q: Do you know how many kilos you've lost? David: I'm fine. You've seen me look much worse? Q: At times, yes. David: In those seven months we had a little of everything. (bursts into laughter) Q: Is there a new way of doing things now, more strict, also about food? David: I took two months off, saying "I'll do what I want". Then there was the hip, you can't have three or four extra kilos, you have to have your best weight. So I recharged my batteries and then got back to the weight I need to have. And I'm going to get even better. Q: Do you think that it affects your game, do you notice that? When you won Madrid and Paris in 2007 for example, your weight was ideal and you played very well. David: Yes, yes. Obviously, I feel it, it makes a difference. These days I need to be very careful [about my weight]. I'm fine and I'm going to move better.