Many of us have wondered what was missing from David Nalbandián to be number 1 in the world or win a Grand Slam. And surely we know that it is not far from what he has told on ESPN about this circumstance, that it is nothing other than leading the life of a number 1, sacrificing many things and losing on the way moments that he could not live preparing for such a situation. goal.
And the genius of Córdoba, semifinalist of the big four and former number 3 in the world, has reflected with enormous frankness.
“We have, the advantage or the disadvantage, of hiring your coach as an employee to tell you what to do. And there the important thing begins, because they raise things about your life, do this, do the other, what to do, what not to do. The first talk with the coaches is based on knowing where we want to go and what we want to do, and then the other question is “if I listen to you, do you guarantee to get there?” No one can guarantee it, it depends on many factors. No one guarantees that the end of the film is what you are looking for. That’s where the first problem begins. “
David also emphasized the difficulty of being the best tennis player in the world being South American, addressing this issue:
“For the South Americans it is very difficult at the calendar level. Half of the year is played in Europe and half of the year in the United States. You live far from tennis centers. To propose a logical reasoning to be number 1 you must base yourself on one of those places, to not do so many flights and so much jet lag. And to be number 1 you need several years. And I did not want to do that, they asked me to live in Monaco but I am Argentine and I did not want to base there. “
Taking advantage of that talk, Nalbandián spoke about the importance of the mind in professional tennis.
“There is a great phrase that said ‘the more I train, the luckier I am’. And that is so, the more you do the more opportunities you have to do better. With that base, on track, then the environment is what helps you to the head makes better decisions. I always argued with my coaches that it didn’t help me to be very well trained, let’s say having a 9, if then the head was on a 2, saturated. Because when you are not well in physics or tennis, there the head , if it’s okay, it’s going to help you. “
Finally, David recounted the bet that Nadal lost, and that forced him to have to do physical exercise, in underpants, in the hotel lobby.
“We were in Australia, yes, it was a gamble. I had to go down to the lobby, in my underpants, and do push-ups. The hotel was very big. Get off Rafa in shorts, two meters from the elevator, and you can do knee-chest jumps, with 10 people looking at Nadal, in shorts, in the lobby. “