The Ernests' Earnest Journey Towards Elitism!

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  1. stringertom

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    I believe party boy days are behind the Latvian Lothario and he is finally in tune with the mission...top 20 or better in '13 and a challenge to the throne beyond. Today's beatdown of the not so Deliciano marks his tenth straight match win in less than two weeks. That takes dedication and perseverance beyond any spree he has gone on before. This time it's for real!
     
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  2. vive le beau jeu !

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    it's even his 11th straight match win ! :)
    • delray beach: 3Q+5
    • IW: 2Q+1 (so far)
     
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    I hope this is only the beginning. Go ernests!
     
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    Glad you caught that...I hadn't thought Delray's qualies were three deep to advance. That's a ton of tennis in a short time plus a transcontinental flight. I hope The Ernests uses the off day to recharge before the Tipsy match. Janko will make him work for any win. Gulby in three!
     
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    Must say we've thought this before ... then plotz! :shock:
    Tipsy will most definitely put Ernie's desire to the test. s/b a good one! :)
     
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  6. marc45

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    tipsy hasn't exactly been setting the world on fire...could have a nadal-gulbis match-up in fourth-round
     
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    I am not so gulbible to believe this :)
    Let him first reach there.
     
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    this is brilliant - all we need now is Tomic to do the same, Dimitrov to start getting his bagel on, and we can fill in those graves we dug!
     
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    ^^^Add in some good runs from Janowicz, Brands and KNish and we'll have the new generation everyone is holding their breath for. There will even be some age gaps (Brands/Gulbis play the Fed part, the others MurrNadOvic) we rattle on about.
     
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    I might stop watching the big four now...:roll:
     
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  11. Flash O'Groove

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    That would be great if someone can win a slam this year! I dislkie Gulbis character but I would root for him against a top 4 (well against a n°1, a n°3 or a n°5)
     
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    The Gulbyman can!

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    If he really can keep it up, 2014 should be interesting. This year will be a learning process. Time will tell.
     
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    QFT...but he must do some second week service at the majors this year to get him ready for the trophy harvest in '14. I thought he was ready for that step in '11 after the LA win and Canas in the box.

    BTW, does anyone have a take on his coach's track history...Gunther Bresnik was listed in that role on his ATP profile.
     
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    It always ends in disappointment and tears.
     
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    I've felt the former but never shed the latter for The Ernests. Contempt for his nonchalance is my most common reaction until the last few months.
     
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    Not sure Nadal will make it far enough to reach Gulbis, his knees are in terrible shape so probably can't move well at all yet.
     
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    Thrilled to see Gulbis on the move! He is so cool, and so classy, and such a good tennis player, which is the most important thing! I think he will be top then by the end of the year and we might see him in London this November!! haha! Bye bye in rd 4 Rafa
     
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    i expect a lot of kids on tennis courts around the world to start emulating his 'distinctive' forehand.

    Imagine his grand slam winning speech? Would be awesome for someone to tell it like it is.

    Allez Gulbis!
     
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    Back in my day, that is how we were taught to hit a forehand. Racquet back, left hand points at incoming ball.

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  21. Relinquis

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    then you rip the cover off the ball... i.e. real tennis.

    I feel you. Late 80s trained myself as a child. My racquet was 12+ oz heavy and almost longer than my legs.
     
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    From the age of 5 to present they told me "You don't have to hit every ball 100mph."

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    Interesting to note that the bookies have Gulbis as the favourite over Tipsarevic. I wonder if this is the first time ever where a Qualifier is favoured to beat a Top 10 seed at a Slam or Masters event.
     
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    The Gulbyman can!

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    What a Wildean thread
     
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    Can he beat Djokovic's 42 match winning streak from 2011?
     
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    Wow that's insane. I can't even argue with that.. I wouldn't dare to put my money against Gulbis when he's on a run like this. I'm not betting on this match.
     
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    Gulbis is named after Hemingway so he does have a literary twist to him...perhaps I should subtitle the thread as "A Farewell To Mediocrity"!
     
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    The hero the lost generation needs?
     
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    Who can stop Gulbis?

    He got a days rest so should be ready to go.
     
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    i hope the media bandwagon latches on to Gulbis after he beats Janko today... would give more airtime to his quotes and post match interviews.
     
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    Gulbis might actually have a shot today because I wasn't able to make it out to the desert this year.

    Every time I've watched him play in person at IW, he has been terrible.
     
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    Up a break!!!

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    LOL Gulbis just steamrolling.
     
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  36. romeo8880

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    What is wrong with Tipsarevic? He has been getting beat to a pulp by everybody lately.
     
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    I'm thrilled to see Ernests doing well! He's a trip and a half. I love how they refer to him, he could beat anyone on any given day, and could lose to anyone on any given day!
     
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    What's wrong with Tipsy? Are you serious? He's a pathetic quitter.
     
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    Gulbis is the type one bets on and gets burned by.
     
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    Wow, he just absolutely annihilated Tipsarevic
     
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    Gulbis will win at least 1 slam this year...
    You heard it here first.
     
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  43. bluetrain4

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    That was impressive. Like many, I've been cautious to get too excited about Gulbis, given his up-and-down history. I don't doubt the talent, but, as we've seen a million times, there are focus, consistency issues. And, we've been through "this time is different" before.

    But, I'm starting to get genuinely excited. I'm not really even a fan of his. But, I would LOVE to see an in-form and focused Gulbis matching up with the Big 4 and seeing what happens.
     
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  44. Relinquis

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    That was awesome by Ernests!

    Gulbis Hit List...

    Just so we can keep track. These are the players Gulbis has beaten during this current streak, so far (numbers are the rankings):

    Daniel Kosakowski (USA) 247
    Illya Marchenko (UKR) 135
    Denys Molchanov (UKR) 217
    James Blake (USA) 99
    Sam Querrey (USA) 23
    Daniel Munoz-De La Nava (ESP)
    Tommy Haas (GER) 19
    Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 105
    Christian Harrison (USA) 395
    Olivier Rochus (BEL) 150
    Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 34
    Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 9

    12 so far in this streak...
     
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  45. Tomxc

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    I thought Tipsarevic was ranked 9.
     
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    6-2, 6-0..wow...who's up next?
     
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    we're gonna get a gulbis-nadal match
     
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    Seppi, then either Mayer or Nadal in the 4th round
     
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    You are correct. Will edit.
     
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  50. tennisbuck

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    Nadal looked vulnarable tonight. I think Gulbis plays like tonight he might have a chance if that matchup did happen. I think the fact that Gulbis doesnt "care" as much might help him because he won't put as big of preasure on himself when trying to close out a win over Nadal(if the match did get to that point)
     
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