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Doha R1: Gulbis d. Montanes 6-2 7-5

Easy first set, the next one not. Great start for the year from Ernie.

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Looks like Gulbis came to play this year. Impressive service stats at the very least.
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Re: Doha R1: Gulbis d. Montanes 6-2 7-5

No real mental lapses this time! Maybe a few lazy points, but Gulbis definitely showed his potential. Great lobs and dropshots, and even served 4 aces in a row to win a game. Well, Montanes wasn't anything spectacular today, so perhaps this will all end in another 2nd round loss.

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Re: Doha R1: Gulbis d. Montanes 6-2 7-5

Ernests was pretty much untouchable on serve all throghout the match, save for a time deep in the second set when he got down 0/30, but responded with four good points. He kept up his aggression and found his spots well from both wings, combined with some nice dropshots and ventures up to the net.

He will get to play the role of the aggressor in his next match as well against Hernandez or Seppi. Can he keep this level for a couple of matches ahead?
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Great lobs and dropshots, and even served 4 aces in a row to win a game.
Lob in the second set was terrific. I don't know when it happened exactly.

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Way to go Ernests! Now put 2 together for a winning streak!

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Wow it was a really impressive match by Ernests today. No chance for Montanes to do anything more. Keep going Ernests!
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Re: Doha R1: Gulbis d. Montanes 6-2 7-5

Impressive really, the way he held his head together when he was in danger of being broken at the end of the second set. A lot of times last year he'd have gotten broken, lost the set and the match with it. I hope this was not just a one time thing.

I really want to see him play against Federer but the second round will be difficult

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I really want to see him play against Federer but the second round will be difficult
As much as I'd like to see that match, I'll be rooting for Rochus to win.

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Yay for Ernie! Hopefully 2010 will be a great year for him.
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Would be awesome if Ernests was finally back. And living up to his potential .
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I hope he can win more

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