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. Read more
Juan Martin del Potro has made a smooth transition onto the American hard courts leading up to the US Open. Delpo beat American James Blake at the Farmers Classic 6-4, 7-6 in a tournament that has seen some good form from struggling players.
Blake has struggled to overcome chronic patella tendinitis despite PRP injections (note: Blake has refused to take anti inflammatories) and as a result he has been unable to regularly perform well and challenge the top players.
The huge comeback efforts of Blake are hugely contrasted to those of Ernests Gulbis who will be Juan Martin’s next opponent.
Gulbis has huge talent and huge potential but has never had the consistency or drive to really commit to performing on a regular basis. Coming into LA Gulbis had won only nine matches all season.
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