There was a recent interview with DelPo, where he talks to Argentine publication Clarin. I’ve translated the article to the best of my ability. The original article is linked above:
When asked about the uproar in Argentina, following his decision not to play the R1 Davis Cup tie against Germany, DelPo responded:
Yes, that bothers me. I am an Argentine playing on the tour, whether at the Davis Cup or at a Futures event in Japan. And I’m also an Argentine off the court. I love when they say my name over the PA before matches, followed by the name of my country … You have to see what I left out there on the court [for Argentina]. In Spain, I spent 10 hours playing against the best ever clay-courter and the second-best player on clay courts. I left my soul out there and, well, I could not win. It doesn’t make me happy to have to explain how I feel about the (Argentine) shirt. I know how I feel.
Another question about Davis Cup: Is the Davis Cup an obsession, a goal, or a dream?
I approach it the same way I do other tournaments — I play to win them. When I feel confident and my mental state is strong, I try to prepare the best way possible. That’s why I withdrew from Paris in ’11, in order to prepare for the DC final.
DelPo was asked about his relationship with Nalbandian:
We have a relationship as colleagues and as team-mates of Davis Cup. Clearly, my lifelong friends are from Tandil. I may have closer friendships with other players on the tour, but I do not have any problems with anyone on the tour either.
When asked about his 4th loss to Federer this year, and whether he can regain the form that saw him beating Nadal and Federer in 2009, DelPo answered:
… It’s a process. In 2008 and parts of 2009, I played many matches against Fed/Rafa/Novak and I lost. Yet each time, I felt better and I learned how to play against them. Then I defeated Nadal and Federer, before the US Open, and after too. That’s what I want now: to feel the way I did back then, to change the situation, being equal, face-to-face.
Lastly, DelPo was asked “How far away are you from your childhood goal of becoming the no. 1 player in the world?”
It’s very difficult to do and very few reach that point. Since I was a child, I had two goals: one of them I achieved when I won the US Open; my other goal is to reach the no. 1 ranking. It’s a possibility, although no one will say. It motivates me and gives me strength every morning to know that the chances exist. There isn’t a day in which I wake up without dreaming of becoming no. 1. I’m going to play for it.
I like this version of DelPo.