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12 September 2011

Interview with Tito Vazquez


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  • Manuel Brocos

Photo: Sergio LlameraDavid Nalbandian and captain Tito Vazquez (ARG)

 

Serbia is yet to be beaten at home since playing as an independent nation in Davis Cup in 2007. Do you think that this is the most difficult tie that you could face?
It is obvious that Serbia, being the current champions and undefeated at home, on top of having the No. 1, Novak Djokovic, in the best year of his career, is a difficult rival. Home advantage in Davis Cup is always important and this time will not be any different, no doubt about it.

What will be the key factors that will define this tie? Is there any specific match that you regard as crucial?
Every match is crucial. The five points are important. I need to wait and see in what condition the players get to the tie. I will be able to have a clearer picture after the US Open.

Last month, David Nalbandian could not fly from Cordoba to Buenos Aires and travelled 700 km by car only to being able to cheer his teammates in the tie against Kazakhstan. What does Nalbandian mean for the team? Will he be in Belgrade?
David is a very important player for Argentina. His playing intensity has decreased lately for a series of circumstances, but I am confident that he will eventually recover in this month before the Davis Cup (semifinals).

Djokovic has stated that Davis Cup has helped him to gain confidence and that it is one of the reasons of his current success. Do you think that it could play the same role for Del Potro?
My opinion is that every step must be taken at its due time. Juan Martin is coming from a very difficult experience in the previous year and I know that, if everything goes well, he will keep progressing even more. Having won a US Open title gives you a lot confidence, but the Davis Cup is special. You reach the status of national icon when you win something for your country, like it happened to Nole.

How do you see del Potro´s current form? Will he recover the amazing level of 2009?The first half of the year was better than everyone expected. I deeply wish that the second will go along the same lines. I think Juan’s future, if he doesn’t have important injuries, is immense. He is one the most technically gifted players that I have seen in recent times. I don’t have any doubt that he can become one of the greatest.

The surface in Belgrade will be very different to Parque Roca´s clay. Based on that, will there be any changes in the team?
No doubt about it. Every surface benefits one or other player. Both Juan Martin and David don’t have any problem playing on quick surfaces, but Serbia has chosen an acrylic surface which is really difficult to find for training, we won’t have contact with something similar until we get to Belgrade.

Do you think that the noisy atmosphere at the Belgrade Arena can play a decisive role in the tie?
We had a difficult experience in Ostrava (Czech Republic) in 2009 and Belgrade can be something similar. The French complained last year when they played there. There’s nothing you can do but trying to get over it.

What do you think about the health of the Argentinean tennis in terms of young talent, future expectations...?
Regarding young talents, the prospects are good. Argentina has always had the capacity to produce players. There are a lot of coaches working very hard and it’s obvious to think that we will continue in the same way. We simply have to be confident and work daily. Our development programme is very good and we hope to keep growing (Note: Vazquez is also the Director of Development of the Argentinean Tennis Association).

How do you assess the chances for both teams in this tie?I think they are favourite 60% to 40%. In case of victory, who would you prefer in the final, Spain or France?
Regardless of what you can wish, I don’t have any doubts that the winner will be Spain (the local team). They have to be ready to return the 5-0 that France inflicted on them last year.

We all were very impressed by your acrobatic celebration at the end of the last tie. Do you have any surprise in mind in case of a victory in Serbia?
(Laughs) No, I didn’t have it in mind! The lads asked me to do it and I did it for them.

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