The Ernests' Earnest Journey Towards Elitism!

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  1. Relinquis

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    If anybody has any insight into it, I would really like to know what Monaco told him after he got the game penalty. Was he accusatory or just trying to calm Gulbis down?
     
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    Barcelona qualies are next...just two rounds to advance and his first opponent is an 18-year-old WC (Toledo Bague) with an area code ranking.

    On the bright side re:M-C Monaco loss...he didn't pack it in after the bagel and early break in the second. The dark side: he's got more talent in his fingernail clippings than that Argentine mug, slow court or not. Adapt and win!
     
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    The Ernests cruised today vs the young WC and now faces Middelkoop, a career Futures warrior for one of the six qualie spots in the MD. He has 16.7% chance to draw Tomic and, with that win, a shot at redemption vs the PusherPico. Would be sweet!
     
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    Ranked 54 playing qualifying in Barcelona? No direct entry what the hell.
     
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    He got the bulk of his points in Delray/IW, too late for DA at many of of the Euroclay events' cutoff dates. Even in M-C's draw, he had to wait for late withdrawals to get in. Nobody pulled out in Barcelona.
     
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    Strange that he didn't get a WC.
     
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    i'm just fan of the guy,at least someone with personnality on the atp tour
     
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    All four WCs went to Spaniards...not a surprise.
     
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    Gulbis thrashing Tomic (not literally, only in tennis terms) would be great... Commentators have ignored Ernests talent for far too long, while singing the praises when it comes to Bernie...

     
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    It's not so bad.

    Gulbis is rested now, he played a lot of tennis for awhile there which he wasn't used to. So that probably caught up to him.

    Now he has to qualify which will give him a nice headstart on getting used to the surface and he'll be rested.

    Translation: He's in a very good place to do well.
     
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    Ernie vs Bernie...a rivalry that rolls off the tongue!:)
     
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    Gulbis won his 2nd qualifying match handily in straights. His main draw looks like:

    R64- Stepanek
    R32- Verdasco
    R16- Raonic (probably)

    Fernando might be tricky at a Spanish clay court tournament, but nothing too overwhelming really. If he can forgot the Monaco match and re-gain his mental focus from Delray/IW, making the QFs at least is definitely doable.
     
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    Gulbis will make the semis at least.
     
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    The Ernests disposes of The Worm in straights. Next task: conjure up some majestic tennis to induce "Tears of a Clown"!

    Gotta learn some Latvian so I can give The Ernests a proper "c'mon"!
     
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    All practice for his march to RG fame
     
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    To cheer Ernests on you say "Aiziet Gulbi!"

    I don't speak Latvian, but this is according to another poster on the Nadal Vs. Gulbis in Indian Wells thread.

    I'm sure C'mon works... Ernests could make this tournament pretty interesting.
     
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    The Ernests is on court again for a fourth straight day vs Dasco...this is where the need to qualify may hurt a bit. Luckily, he straight-setted The Worm but the first set was a breaker.

    Aiziet Gulbi!
     
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    even though Ernie is 0-2 v Verdasco, I can't see him having many problems tomorrow. I would say Gulbis something like 6-2 6-4. Hopefully!
     
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    Verdasco is playing the worst tennis of his career, Gulbis will move on with ease. And since Verdasco is seeded that will open up a nice draw for him. I'd say he'll make it at least to the quarters with Berdych.
     
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    Gulbis has had plenty of rest. He also has three matches on this surface, he's in a very good place for this match.

    Verdasco isn't the old Verdasco either, it should be routine for Gulbis.


    Gulbis needs to keep his head straight.
     
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    I'm with you on all but the rest factor...he played DC singles & dubs just prior to his two rounds @M-C. Now he's playing a fourth day in a row. If he wins, which I'm sure he should if he stays focused, he should get a day off...R16 Thursday, QF Friday, SF Sat and Final on Sunday is the usual plan if I'm not mistaken. He'll need that day off if Dasco pushes him.

    The next five days are huge for him...he is roughly 300 points out of getting seeded for RG. A finalist earns 300 points @500's.
     
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    Verdasco is fighting... he's playing in Spain, his man-card is at stake...
     
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    another win for gulbis ! :)
    d. nando 63 64

    by the way it was the 4th time he successfully qualified for a main draw this year !
     
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    "There was something in the air today
    Could you hear the Gulbi yell "Aiyet"
    Now you're old and grey
    Poor Fernando!

    Get that day's well-Erned rest and get ready for the good fight!
     
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    It is incredible how Nando can't play at all anymore. Not even in Barcelona.
     
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    Maybe Ernie needs the Qualies to build up confidence for the main draws.
     
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    actually he played pretty good, maybe better than Gulbis, but luck was on other side. Up until very end of match gulbis had 1 of 1 breakballs converted, Nando had 0/6...
     
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    Nice prediction...only off by 1 game in the 1st set.

    Next up is most likely Milos...as a Canadian, not sure who I'm pulling for. Milos has SF points to defend from last year, so he'll want it more than a typical 500 tournament on his weakest surface.

    Milos is 2-0 against Gulbis, including a clay win at 2011 MC. But H2H probably isn't too useful a predictor when taking about pre-mentally focussed Gulbis.
     
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    Sorry but a 6-3, 6-4 win has nothing to do with luck.
     
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    QFT...the 0 for 6 BP stat shows Gulbi played big points better, no?
     
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    Disagree greatly. Gulbis won 57% of the points compared to 43% for Dasco. Ernie was by far playing better. He was in control of most of the points.
     
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    ooooohh, one game out! close!
     
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    Thanks! I would be pretty sure Gulbis will beat Raonic here if it happens! Looking forward to it for sure :)
     
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    i hope facing raonic on clay doesn't conjure up the daemons again... he already had a costly episode in monaco.
     
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    The Ernests is in direct @Munich 250 this week and has drawn the crafty White Jarkko the Sharko for R1. This will be a test but I think he prevails. Points are at a premium to potentially gain a seed @RG.
     
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    Aiyet, Gulbi!

    He just took the first set vs Jarkko, 6-4. Five aces, including a 2nd ball at set point. Could be headed for a Delray rematch with another of my favorites, young Mr. Haas!
     
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    Aiziet Gulbi! I must correct my fail in Latvian...sorry!

    The Ernests moves to R2 vs Haas with a 4&2 win over Jarkko. Serving well, winning big points...could be another classic vs Haas!
     
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    Really looking forward to it.
     
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    Can't wait... match is tomorrow.
     
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    being a tommy and ernie fan im torn.
     
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    likewise, but the tennis should be good with both players being such high level and aggressive... real tennis... i think Ernests would have the edge on clay, but will be interesting to see if his drop shots will be as effective against an all courter like Haas...

    can't wait!
     
  45. Rob31

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    Haas will beat Gulbis, even if it's on clay because he plays at home (extra motivation).
     
  46. stringertom

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    Munich is a sort of homecoming for Ernie...he trained there for a long while with Pilic.
     
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    excited about this - close one to call! Edging towards Gulbis. Will be in work unfortunately! Blog updated below if u fancy a read! :)
     
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    I'm so torn.

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    This match is great for all of us torn...Gulbi up an early break in the second after dumping the first set on one break.
     
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    Going to a 3rd :)
     

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