Hmmm. I don't know how I feel about this result. On the one hand I'm happy for Tsonga having toughed it out again - it's a sign of a top player being able to win from a deficient on a consistent basis and find something there when not playing at your best. But on the other hand I feel a bit sad for Gulbis; I really thought he had a chance and I wanted him to go deeper, but nevertheless he should be encouraged by his effort this week. Maybe he'll loosen up a bit now.
Gulbis had chances to break Tsonga in the first game of the 2nd set & couldn't get the job done, but that disappointment didn't seem to effect him. He continued to hold serve confidently, but then when he was serving to stay in the match, he was all over the shop. Errors and then the pathetic double fault on set point.
Gulbis said himself that tennis is a game of confidence and I guess he has to work on that aspect of his game. Well, good result to get past the 2nd round for him. Hopefully he can build on this for a better 2010.