Ernests Gulbis’ 6-2, 6-4 quarterfinal victory over Juan Martin del Potro in LA just goes to show how brilliant the Latvian can be when he is on a hot streak. He can be so brilliant it’s look away but he can also be so disappointing when he regularly under performs that its hard to watch.
Today the Latvian was brilliant, taking the match from the 2008 champ and 2009 US Open men’s singles champion. He took the lead, and the chances, early in the match and apart from a brief respite for the Argentine in the early stages of the second set Ernests had it covered.
The importance of the win after a lackluster 12 months was not lost on Ernests who said, “This is probably one of the most important wins of my career.” He will face Alex Bogomolov for a place in the finals.
“It was very difficult. I got frustrated in the second set when I broke his serve but he broke me back. He was playing with a lot of confidence and took his chances.
When you play like I did against a player like him, you lose.
I just need to keep working on my game, I don’t know any other way. But I’m still happy with my level. I’m enjoying playing this season, I did well on clay and the grass.” – Juan Martin del Potro