The fall of Gulbis and Cecchinato - two former French Open Semi Finalists


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What are they doing fighting in the qualies? It's incredible how these two can peak then fall into a grand canyon. Still I like the way these two play.

In a meeting of former Roland Garros semi-finalists, Marco Cecchinato booked his place in the second qualifying round with a 6-3, 7-5 victory against Ernests Gulbis on Tuesday.
The fifth seed struck 20 winners to move past 2014 semi-finalist Gulbis in one hour and 43 minutes. Just two years ago, Cecchinato beat Pablo Carreno Busta and David Goffin in back-to-back matches to book a quarter-final meeting against Novak Djokovic at the clay-court Grand Slam championship. Appearing in his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final, the Italian stunned Djokovic in a three-hour, 26-minute battle to reach the semi-finals in Paris.
Cecchinato will next face Constant Lestienne of France. The 28-year-old raced through his opening match in 61 minutes, beating Andrew Harris 6-1, 6-1.


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The truth is that Gulbis just isn't a top 100 player anymore. Maybe if he finds a bit more form, but it's been hard for him to come by.

Cecchinato should have been able to hang in the top 100 a little while longer really, but he couldn't do much on hard courts.


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Although he hasn't fallen as deep in the crevasse as the two mentioned in OP, I'd like to add one Lucas Pioulle in the mix. Since his SF run almost 2 years ago he hasn't really done anything of note. It's kinda frustrating because the guy has a nice game and has the potential to be a solid top 10er.