The Ernests' Earnest Journey Towards Elitism!

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  1. stringertom

    stringertom G.O.A.T.

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    I stand corrected...the SE label was pulled from the 7 open slots in the Cinci draw and there are 7 matches in today's qualie finals.

    Vancouver it is for EG. If he does well he might get a bigger point yield. Finalist gets him 60 points, a title earns him 100.
     
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    He lost in the 1st round of the "Vancouver Challenger" :(
     
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    After his run in Montreal, why didn't he try to qualify for Cincy? :confused:
     
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    Maybe he prefers Canadian chicks? ;)
     
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    Scheduling conflict with his QF run would have earned him an SE for main draw if he had put his name on the qualies list in Cinci.
     
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    Maybe he thinks it's too much of a hassle to get thru to the qualifying then thru to the main draw with the USO close by. Probably think that he might overplay. Just my hunch
     
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    Unbelievable lol.
     
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    Nightlife is good there. So is Vekic!:eek:
     
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    Ernie, lol.

    Back to winning ways.
     
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    Gullbis ever spread his wings before during US hard court swing? Looked back on track against Djoker. Back with team Thiem. Ready to assert himself as best player in world? Definite US Open dark horse.
     
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    stringertom G.O.A.T.

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    He did win the LA tourney in '11 when coached by Canas but lost 2R USO. It's no barometer for what will happen in Flushing.

    Losing Vancouver 1R is bad, especially double digits DFs. Serving can get him out of the mess his FH sometimes creates.
     
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    He has always looked slow of foot on hard courts except for few flashes. Clay is his surface, but against Djoker he looked very good. I would laugh prevoius years at USO prospects. I hope he is in this year. Hope he gets in WS next week.

    Where in the sam hill did the forehand come from. Has anyone taken credit for that?
     
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    HCs are where he's won titles in Delray (2x), LA, St Petersburg and Marseille. That's five of his six titles.
     
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    True, but those are lesser tournaments. His career highlights (Fed wins, near win against Nadal in prime) have all been on clay. To me he's just been a step to slow for US hard court series and Australia really bad (which just is odd.) But this year, against Djoker astounding form given his history. If Gullbis were to gain a quarter step in movement, that would be frightening. It may just be that Djoker doesn't nuke the ball hard enough to expose the Gullbis feet.

    Anyone know when the Gullwing forehand started. It was normal early in his career..
     
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    Here you go: (notice the video is on HC and is the closest Nadal came to losing on NA HCs in '13. The full gully is emerging.)



    There is a nice 7-minute video of the Gulbis FH evolution going back to his birthday eve match at USO vs Roddick and through to the Nadal Rome'13 match. It wouldn't code properly for me to share in the thread.
     
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    Thx! Loved that highlight reel! Definite proof that Gullbis has a strong game for hard court. I would say he favors things on the slower side on hard court, but Australia seems an exception to that rule. Googled hard court speeds and of course got TTW:
    The Masters:

    1.Cincinnati
    2.Paris
    3.Toronto
    4.Shanghai
    5.Miami
    6.Indian Wells

    I guess that forehand came from Ernie's artistic side. Perhaps long term consumption of Absinthe (his namesake's poison) accounts for all of this.
     
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    The reason why Gulbis did not play Qualies in Cincy is that he forgot to enter. Same in Montreal but they were nice enough to give him a WC for Qualies. :D He said that he was so used to be in Main Draw that he had totally forgotten that you need to sign up for Qualies. Only Ernie. :p

    Anyway, because his match against Djokovic ended after 9pm he wouldn't have been able to play qualies in Cincy anyway so it didn't matter. His only possibility to play in Cincy would have been to win that match and earn the SE but we know how that ended.

    He will play Winston-Salem next.

    About his FH. It was always his weak spot, even when it looked less funky. Actually when he was younger he hit it way to close to his body so I guess that's why he and his new coach (since 2012) went for the other extreme with that huge swing.
     
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    Awesome! My alma mater.

    Fogetfullness, another sign of the Green Fairy...

    The next step for the forehand is some bling; an arm tube maybe? (he's got to keep up now that he's back on the Thiem.) I see now why E left his coach temporarily. From high up the Gullwing is for the birds!
     
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    The Ernests has a rematch with Rosol in W-S 1R. He will need to be sharp again to defeat the defending champion.
     
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    Wanted to make the trip from Seattle to Vancouver to watch my favorite active player, what a shame :(
     
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    Still time to catch Daniel Evans, whose slump makes Ernests' relapse seem minuscule.
     
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    It'll be on ESPN3 Monday at 3 pm EST. If he flies by Rosol, Janowicz possibly awaits, the finalist from last year. I expect this to motivate Ernie's ego and maybe he'll have his A game on display.
     
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    On court, on serve midway through the first set. Although I'm 600 miles away, I feel the wind currents from the flapping Gullwing FH.:eek:
     
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    Jinx poast...he DFed on BP, now down 4-3.:oops:
     
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    4-6, 6-7 and out. So much for momentum carrying through from Montreal.:(
     
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    Ernie was flapping hard at 4-5 down a break getting Rosol to 0-40, but then Rosol clipped his wings. saving after a very long game with several more Gulbis break opportunities. Rosol play pretty clutch and I saw him save at least 6 break points in the match. Rosol 6-4, 7-6. Don't think Ernie like the heat as he had a ice towel necklace on at most of the changeovers. Ernie not good in hot weather?
     
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    Played at the world #1s level them losse first round of challenger and 250 tournaments. Unbelievably odd. Hopefully he is in form for the USO
     
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    Mr Gulbis will be fresh and ready for a titanic run at the USO.as in the adjective not the ship :)
     
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    There is always air turbulence when the Gullwings flap.:eek:
     
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    It's the ship. Perhaps the key is being with the Thiem team. He needs someone under his Gullwing for an ego boost and reminder that he should be better. How is that kid ranked higher!?!
     
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    Mr Gulbis has been on a diet of PingPong balls that will float him to the top,with the cream,where he belongs!
     
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    More like revolution, meaning now it's revolting...
     
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    You mean your night shift in that office building's restrooms? I hope everything is shining.
     
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    aren't there some 'gullwing signs' in the 2012 match vs berdych at wimbledon ?

    PS: is everyone ready for a surprisingly long run at the US open ? i surely am ! :)
     
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    I think my earlier video may be the 7 min one alluded to by Stringer.

    One can dream of a run!
     
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    Indeed, it is the same vid. That night match vs Roddick seven years ago was a cracker and it went late enough to begin their shared "birthday party" that year.
     
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    In the USO, hopefully can make the 4th round. Has Bedene, Simon, troicki, then Stan. Not a bad draw at all. Everyone in that 1/16 seem out of sorts recently.
     
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    ^

    Ernie hates the heat. And it will be very, very hot in NYC. 4th round seems like an ambitious goal. :D
     
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    Ugh. Wearing ice towel at changeovers at winSalem.
     
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    Ernie please get under sponshorship. Its your only hope!:
     

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