The Ernests' Earnest Journey Towards Elitism!

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  1. The_Flying_Vulture

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    I will be sitting in the stadium of Phillipe Chatrier on friday, to see Ernests take on Nole. First time I got tickets for the SF of RG and I get to see the first SF ever of Ernests! This match should be great!

    Time to win RG Ernests!
     
  2. Warmaster

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    If anyone still had doubts whether he had really changed or not, this tournament has been your answer.

    Just to illustrate his improvements..here's his ranking progression.

    07.01.2013: #138
    09.05.2014: #10 (or 9!?)
     
  3. stringertom

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    You mean 09.06.2014

    A trophy on Sunday would put him much closer to #8 than #10 and only 3R points to defend at Wimby.
     
  4. bullfan

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    I think Gulbis is just redlining and staying in the zone.
     
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    La ligne rouge pour Gulbis est tres bien...unbeaten on French soil in '14!
     
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    C'mon Ernests!
     
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    Ernie should take the positives and come back strong for Wimbledon. This was a great run, he's making giant strides and I hope he can keep this up and win a slam Safin style! :)
     
  8. Warmaster

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    Indeed. It's all still new for him though so there will be a few setbacks (early losses etc) along the way. His best chances will come in 2015-2017.

    It's been a fun tournament and I'm glad he took the third set against Djokovic in which he showed what he is capable of.
     
  9. vive le beau jeu !

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    a 4 sets loss in the SF against the current IFT champion is decent. :)
    still an excellent season so far for ernests... top10 now, and it's not over !
     
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    He has a real shot for Wimbledon now, he wont meet a top guy until the 4th round and even against Murray and Federer he should have a reasonable chance to do good
     
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    Can't believe all the hate out there when this story from the beginning of '13 is the best thing that's happened to tennis in a decade. When he does surpass this minor accomplishment the vindication will be even sweeter.

    Well done, my Ernests but keep your earnestness and drive on to the level your talent can achieve!
     
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    SF is a great result for Ernie. I am happy for him.

    I am looking forward to the grass season.
     
  14. Warmaster

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    Gulbis isn't thinking of stopping now.


    http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/06/24/Gulbis-Top-10-Emirates-ATP-Rankings.aspx
     
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    "There's a storm coming, Mr Wayne. You're all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us."
     
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    Sounds like he's treating the loss like he should.

    He'll be a real threat at Wimbledon. Does anyone know if he'll be the 8th seed there? Del Potro will not play so he is ranked 8th, but I'm not sure he'll be 8th because of the ranking points won on grass that count extra. Would be great if he'd be the 8th seed there!
     
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    Gulbis is now the #10 ranked player in the ATP!
     
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    Love the Queen's draw...Berd must be thinking of flu in the QFs and the true final may be a SF vs. Murray. Now, if the Thieminator could sneak through the top half...oh my! Granted, that's a long shot but one is allowed to dream, no?
     
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    Queens will be a very interesting tournament. I always felt he was a bit more prone to upsets on grass. But with his improved consistency he should do a lot better on grass. His game has everything to go deep in every grass tournament. Berdych will be thougher on grass than on clay I think though. Should be a good tight match.
     
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    If you had used this phrase for Gulbis an year ago, I would have laughed heavily. :lol:
    This time, however, top guns are already s****** their pants at the prospects of meeting him on grass in earlier rounds..
     
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    So a year ago you would have #1'ed in your pants and now his opponents in the draw are #2'ing in their pants.:twisted:
     
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    what a change... from proved inconsistency to improved consistency ! ;)

    faces de schepper tomorrow...
     
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    How high can you guys honestly see Ernests getting in the rankings by end of year? Seems like so many in the top 10 hurt and/or slumping. Is top 5 is a legit possibility?
     
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    Can't say about myself but now I know what you guys do whenever you have a moment of laugh. ;)
     
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    He has few points to defend at slams and most above him have a lot so any early exits by the elites and deep runs by Ernie would make that possible.
     
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    AT first he should garantee his top 8 finish with another 1500 points, probably Wimbledon title:)
     
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    Yes, he could go as high as #3 spot. Only Nadal and Djoko have a big point gap to Ernests (and will probably pick up more points than him). It all depends on the consistency of high form he can bring though. I expect him to finish about 5th or 6th at the end of the year. Would be great to see Ernests in londen at he end of the year!
     
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    can ernest do better and actually win Wimbledon ? with his big serves, it might be possible
     
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    I shall only dare to hope if he wins queens first :)
     
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    He definately can, he beated there Tsonga and Gulbis. Murray is in his worst form since 2008, Federer is beatable and Djokovic was never that good in London.
     
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    You're all asking a lot of him. Path to success won't be that straightforward. I predict some minor setbacks before he wins a big tournament.
     
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    Like lose to Kenny Schepper today? :) Kenny serves so well...
     
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    Gulbis has had 6 breakpoints, de Schepper - none.
     
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    Yes he should've taken the set. Let's see if he can come back.
     
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    Ernests loses to Kenny de Schepper in 7-6 7-5.

    To bad. He could've used some more matches on grass, before Wimbledon starts. Let's hope he'll do better in Wimbledon.
     
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    Thiem Gulbinator must regroup, change those shoes to the nubbies, step in a bit and get in gear for fastarse tennis...clay is so last week!
     
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    I guess we're not in Oz anymore..... :(
     
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    Anyone else try Gulbis' unique strokes? (the FH, BH, Serve)? I just tried to copy his and found that the BH motion is really effective and powerful. He straightens out his arms together and out parallel to the net/baseline before going into his swing. I'm finding this motion very effective and want to try during match play.

    The other two.. the crazy eagle FH pose.. it's okay, but you'd have to commit to that position where you stand on court and so I think it has its drawback of not allowing you time as much as the traditional ATP FH (lead arm across parallel to the net or close to).

    The Serve: I think his 6'3 frame and extra long reach raquet really are significant factors and I don't think it would work as effective for shorter guys who dont' get that height at impact and ball trajectory. His motion is putting out the arm straight forward initially then falls back down and then he goes into a huge knee bend before exploding up and down, hammering the ball from a height equal only to Ivo.

    But his BH is actually his best ground stroke and maybe worth trying out!
     
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    Yeah, his backhand is awesome and is IMO relatively easy to replicate. The technique allows for easy access to spin and power. He hits with a lot more spin off this wing than other ATPers who mostly hit flat two handers.

    His serve seems pretty standard. Simple and effective motion - can really hammer both first and second.

    I wouldn't try to copy his forehand lol
     
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    2008? Murray was in pretty good form in 2008 (won 5 titles including 2 Masters and made his first Slam final). Maybe you meant 2005 which was the last year he failed to win any titles!
     
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    10 Gullwings for you!
     
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    Who retired in doubles today? Ernie or Dog? They were ahead 6-5 in the second and then poof!
     
  47. The_Flying_Vulture

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    Appareantly it was the Dog. Don't know what was wrong though.
     
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    Yes, Dog pulled out of singles today too.
     
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    Not sure about Ernests on grass, don't know why :-/
     
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    Berdych is sure about him. He'll be alright starting the 23rd.
     

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