Despite the fact that he ‘shit his pants’ en route to the finish line, today’s upset over Fed was a real confidence boost and yet another breakthrough for Gulbis. Coming off his first ATP title at Del Ray in February, 2010 looks quite promising. But the real question is, can he compete for majors in 2011 and beyond? ......
Well frankly, I see no reason why not. He’s got all NECESSARY ingredients to win slams in this era: big weapons, power, size, aggressive style of play, and at just 21 years of age, he's got time on his side. In addition, with Fed entering the twilight of his career and the myriad questions facing Nadal, Djoko, Delpo, and Murray, there should be plenty of opportunity in the coming years.
Of course, there are caveats and several aspects of his game [and his head] that he needs to improve upon, and health is always an issue, but if he continues to gain confidence and build on this victory, I see no reason why he can’t contend for majors in 2011 and beyond [cue accusations of bandwagoning, gloryhunting, etc, etc,
Finally, with his candid and outspoken personality, boyish good looks and charm, I think he’s good for the game. Tennis needs big personalities and exciting styles of play and Gulbis would be a fine addition to the mix
Let’s keep our fingers crossed.