The Ernests' Earnest Journey Towards Elitism!

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  1. stringertom

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    Gulbis is comfortable with status quo. A jump in rankings of roughly a 100 spots in little over a year shows they are on the right track. He has the right guy. Gilbert isn't even the best coach on his TV crew. Exactly how much has he done once Agassi dumped him???
     
  2. Gonzalito17

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    Gulbis is on his way to the mountain top. I think he will get there. He wants it badly. He is very close to a big breakout. Two close losses to Rafa showed how close he is. It can come at anytime, maybe even this week in MTRL.
     
  3. CDNguy87

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    I'd tend to agree. He just needs to avoid the letdown matches after big upset wins, as demonstrated by Wimbledon the past 2 years.

    It's worth noting that most bookies have Gulbis at > 100:1 for the USO. After hearing rumours about the courts being sped up this year, I fell victim to an adrenaline rush and put a gutsy $1 E/W bet on him. I still think it's a smarter investment than the lottery.
     
  4. ricki

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    the problem is... HE_DOES_NOT_WANT_ANYTHING_BESIDES_HAVING_A_GOOD_LIFE
     
  5. mental midget

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    agree and disagree. he does seem to have rededicated himself this year as noted by more than a few come from behind victories. he'll have a good life regardless, maybe he's figured out spending a few of his many years truly dedicated to the sport will provide experiences he could never buy.

    there's been a lot of hype surrounding him for years but it's not unjustified, he really does have some serious talent, and he matches up well against even the top tier guys when he's playing well. i think he could be a top 5 player if he added a bit more margin to his game.
     
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    If he starts well today he has a shot, could always implode and get destroyed but I think Murray is his best chance of a huge upset
     
  7. CDNguy87

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    Gulbis off to a pretty solid start and staying focussed, as they're still on serve halfway through the 1st. I suspect this court will be too slow for him to beat Murray, but a tight, well-played match might give him some great preparation and confidence against elite players heading into Cincy and the USO, where court conditions will probably be more favourable for him.
     
  8. Pickle9

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    It's incredible how the ball just flies off gulbis' racquet
     
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    Big opportunity now! He plays Raonic-Delpo next. With Delpo not 100% this could be his chance.

    So in other words, Ernie to lose the QF! :)
     
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    Berdych also down a set now against Vasek. The bottom half is incredibly wide open now. This could be the breakthrough Masters event for either Ernests or Milos.
     
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    I thought that about The Ernests all those years ago @Rome. Getting through the bottom half will only match his output back then. Aiziet, Gulbi...win the whole thing!
     
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    Loved watching the tennis he perpetrated today. I'm a new fan, the guy is talented and has the belief... he could make the final but he needs to follow this up with another win before this gets really interesting.

    I want him to be more than a spoiler... his forehand was such fun to watch today and the serve was excellent.
     
  13. vive le beau jeu !

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    thank you ernests ! :)
     
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    I didn't know you hate BOTH Nadal and Murray. Is there anyone you like? :)
     
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    It's fun watching Gulbis hit easy aces on his 2nd serve
     
  16. vive le beau jeu !

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    didn't you just say you can't like them all ? :)

    you should know that my strong dislike for the muzzette is not comparable with my visceral hatred for the nadal !
    there are some other players i'm not found of (tomic, simon, etc.)... but they're "far behind" these two in terms of disliking intensity. ;)

    i've always been a fan of gulbis, on the other hand ! :)
    (since the robredo match)
     
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    Interesting. How about Fed and Djoko?
     
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    Both Delpo and Raonic battling through injuries now and clearly less than 100%. Gulbis would have a great chance against either tomorrow in the QF. Then it would be one of Vasek/Davydenko/Bogomolov in the SFs. I'd say he's the favourite to come out of the bottom half now based on this.

    Of course, he'd potentially face Nadal or Djokovic in the final, but there's a good chance they might tire each other out in a grinding SF on Saturday night and the winner might not be able to recover fully for a Sunday afternoon Final. This is definitely Ernests' time to finally breakthrough and win a big tournament.
     
  19. vive le beau jeu !

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    i prefer fed, but i like them both. :)
     
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    Yea he only brought another player to number one and winning a major..Also developed Murray and Nishikori's games as well.
     
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    very good win for gulbis. faces raonic next, whom he should be able to beat ....
     
  22. CDNguy87

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    I'm really conflicted as a Canadian Gulbis fan. On the one hand, I've been waiting awhile for Gulbis to breakthrough and at least make the Final of a big tournament. On the other hand, that would come at the expense of knocking out 2 Canadians at their home tournament. At least I'm guaranteed either a Canadian or Gulbis in the final though.
     
  23. norbac

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    Come on Gubis, get the cheater out of here.
     
  24. WildVolley

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    Gulbis self-destructs once again. He showed some fortitude after the self-destruct by breaking Raonic, but he just couldn't hold it together.

    I think that's the first time I've seen a guy at his level double-fault a game away. I'd rather have seen him hit that second serve underhanded at that point.

    At least I told a friend not to bet on Gulbis.
     
  25. veroniquem

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    Then you haven't seen much tennis. It is not a rare occurrence at all. It happened to Djoko only yesterday. (unless you meant "a match away" but that happens too: Verdasco vs Nadal at AO 2009)
     
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    I think he/she means completely DF the game away. As in, giving your opponent all 4 return points due to DF's as Gulbis did today.
     
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    Sorry, I didn't get that. I know Fed served 3 DFs in a row in a WTF match one time but yeah, all DFs is unusual.
     
  28. norbac

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    I think Gulbis had 3 DF's in a row, then won a short rally, followed by a fourth DF to gift the break.
     
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    He also did it in the first round against Lopez. He's playing at a high level these days but he's going to have to iron out these blips if he wants to win big tournaments.
     
  30. WildVolley

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    This is correct.

    I was just stating that I've never seen a professional hit four double faults in a single game. Gulbis did get one serve in and Raonic lost the point.

    A pro should be able to just up the topspin and not double-fault multiple times in a row.
     
  31. vive le beau jeu !

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    ivanisevic, against caratti in the US open 1999, started a service game with 3 DFS... makes a 4th one to complete the thing, but caratti then ruins all his efforts by calling his last serve good !
    no problem for goran, who serves a "5th" one to properly finish the work. ;)
     
  32. CDNguy87

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    Pretty important match tomorrow for Gulbis in terms of USO seeding. If he beats Youzhny, he'll leapfrog Melzer in the rankings and that should just about guarantee him a seed, even if he loses to Murray the match after: http://live-tennis.eu/

    Keep in mind Cilic is one of the guys ahead of him, so #33 after this week will be guaranteed a seed, but he's still got Benneteau and Chardy not far behind him and could definitely use some insurance points.
     
  33. vive le beau jeu !

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    in any case, if he beats youzhny, another win against the muzzette will be highly appreciated again. :)
     
  34. CDNguy87

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    Ernests' USO draw:

    R128: Haider-Maurer
    R64: Qualifier
    R32: Ferrer
    R16: Janowicz/Tipsarevic
    QF: Gasquet/Raonic
    SF: Fedal


    Hard to imagine an easier prospective draw for a #30 seed at this tournament. Knowing his pattern from the last couple of years, he'll probably knock off Ferrer but then have a major letdown in the next round and lose to Jerzy in straights.
     
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    Yep good draw. He should reach at least R16.
     
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    If Ernest's keeps his head together, he could get far here!
     
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    Tipsy won't make round of 16.
     
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    Now that is a victory speech I am dying to see!
     
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    That's a terrible draw for Gulbis. The easier his opponent the worse he plays.
     
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    Gulbis would be completely PC if he won, because his momma would be there!

    He'd probably say something like, "I'm glad mom didnt talk me into quitting".
     
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    Yea Gulbis likely to go out to that qualifier more than he is to Ferrer. Hopefully he actually capitalizes on this crap though. He can easily get to the QF with that draw.
     
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    It would be such fun for him to be in the semis against fedal, not super likely but he could.
     
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    His quarter is easily the best chance to advance, based on Ferrer's and Tipsy's recent struggles, Gasquet's penchant for underachieving and Janowicz' relative lack of slam experience. Based on recent form, Tursunov might be as dangerous a matchup for Gulbis as he will face before Super Saturday. An upset early (say Kyrgios over Ferrer) would make anything less than a SF a major disappointment.
     
  45. CDNguy87

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    Don't forget Milos. Gulbis has a horrible H2H against him and Milos has a fairly routine path up until a R16 match-up with Gasquet/Tursunov. It wouldn't be a huge surprise for me to see Raonic and Gulbis in a QF re-match from the Rogers Cup.
     
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    now in 5th set vs. Heider-Maurer: not good
     
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    Austrina serving for set at 5:4... So that was Ernests run at US Open (lolz)
     
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    He promised so much, oh yes that's what the thread was all about really.
     
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    I was really looking forward to him beating ferrer, maybe Kyrgios can do it
     
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    What happened to my boy Gulbis?

    He looked good and motivated early in the year but looks to have slid back into old ways.
     

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