11/29/12 2:09 PM | Johan Lindahl
David Nalbandian may give the Australian Open a miss if he thinks it might compromise his preparation for what he sees as a do-or-die Davis Cup first-round tie against Germany at home the week after the end of the major.
Nalbandian, who won only one Grand Slam match last season, stopped with injury before the US Open. He now tells Clarin newspaper that he's ready to work for a revival of fortunes, both for the team and for himself.
His Davis Cup participation will be all the more valuable to the fractured team after Juan Martin Del Potro announced that he won't participate in the tie in Buenos Aires. "We have to win the Davis Cup once and for all," said Nalbandian, a 2002 Wimbledon finalist. ""Argentina has very good players in this (team), but the best was when we were four players in the top 10.
"Germany will be a tough opponent. But we must all try and work towards having the best possible team in the Davis Cup. I will try hard to enter the 2013 list of Top 50 best players. I can always get there if I get lucky in terms of injuries and don't get a tough draw at the big events.
"I'll do the pre-season in mid-December, but whether I'll go to Australia or not depends on the surface they choose for the Davis Cup," said the 30-year-old. "I also plan to play the tournaments in South America on clay (in February)."
He will also want to work on his deportment after a 2012 marked by incidents including the alleged tossing of water onto an Australian Open official and kicking a courtside advertising hoarding during the Queen's final and injuring the linesman siting behind it on the shin, resulting in a disqualification as Marin Cilic won the title.
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