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Is Gulbis the One To Watch

This kid is no rookie. He moved to Munich when he was 12 to be coached by guess who? None other that Niki Pilic and we all know who that is. Niki is responisible for taking Djokovic under his wing.

In fact, Gulbis has hit a little with Djokovic from time to time. At only 19 the sky may be the limit for Gulbis. He does have some weapons to work with. He has a deadly forehand and a big time serve. His 2 hander is rock solid.

I hear that he travels on his own private jet. Is there any truth to that? Family is reputed to have monster wealth. So he is rich and talented.

Spanking Blake might have been no accident. Is he moving on to stardom? your thoughts?

Can he make some noise at Wimby this year?
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Ernests Gulbis first caught my attention at the 2007 US Open, humiliating boredo and giving Moya a run for his money, but one never knows after seeing fast burners like Gasquet so I'd give it a little more time.

EDIT: he didn't play against Fish my mistake.

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Ernests Gulbis first caught my attention at the 2007 US Open, beating Fish in a 5 setter and humiliating Robredo and giving Moya a run for his money, but one never knows after seeing fast burners like Gasquet so I'd give it a little more time.

i guess you are right. Gasquet never had the mental apparatus needed to be a warrior and his one hander has been hugely overrated.

Gulbis has some stuff to work with. we will see how it all plays out.
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Can you stop it ?
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Lapentti will confuse the kid with his game.

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Lapentti will confuse the kid with his game.

i am actually watching some of of his match against Blake now. i have to say that i am seriously impressed with his game and his composure. Blake looks stressed and confused.

His serve is huge and his ground game is rock solid. He could take out Lapentti.
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Bandwagon thread.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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not really. i am not that crazy high on him. i am just wondering how others feel.

he could be a diamond in the rough. he has the right beginnings. only time will tell. is he slam material? that is what i want to know.

evidently you dont realize that i am only on one bandwagon. i am on the side of the clay monsters--Vilas, Muster, and Nadal. that never changes.
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Come on Clay Death beating Blake on clay means nothing.

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Come on Clay Death beating Blake on clay means nothing.

i hear you. that is why i said that lets see how things pan out with him at Wimby.

A good player should be able to adapt reasonably well to all surfaces. His serve is huge so that will go long way on faster courts. He had a good U.S. Open last year so there is something to build on there.

it will be interesting to see how far he goes.
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A win over Blake on clay means nothing. Had it been a win over a true clay master like Ginepri then it would have warranted a bandwagon thread like this.

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A win over Blake on clay means nothing. Had it been a win over a true clay master like Ginepri then it would have warranted a bandwagon thread like this.

Can he make the quarters? Now that would make it a good tournament for him.

i am always looking for newcomer who can make some noise at a slam and take home some scalps.

Speaking if Ginepri, I saw that Ginepri interview yesterday. He said he is doing a lot of work off the court which is paying off. he is also happy with his coach. he added that he should be at his peak as a player by next year.
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I'm afraid he'll lose to Lapentti and we'll all forget about him till he wins 2 matches in a row again

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Ernests Gulbis first caught my attention at the 2007 US Open, beating Fish in a 5 setter and humiliating Robredo and giving Moya a run for his money.
Gulbis didn't play with Fish at the 2007 US Open, he beat Starace, Berrer and Robredo. And Gulbis has never won a 5-setter, in fact he has never played one. All his Grand Slam wins prior to yesterday were in 3 sets, losses were in 3 or 4 sets. So Gulbis achieved a significant milestone in his GS career against Blake - he recovered from one lost set and went on to win the match.

As his fan, I don't want to set my expectations very high because Gulbis has disappointed me during the last year very often. But he's getting better so I'm cautiosly optimistic.
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no , why?

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Come on Clay Death beating Blake on clay means nothing.
gulbis was the favourite , everyone knew that.

yeah i think he's the one to watch , his (big) breakthrough could come any moment.


here's another thread involving him indirectly

Born in 88: Who is the most promising?
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