Wimbledon 1R: Tursunov d. Gulbis 63 36 76 76
First GS win in more than two years for Tursunov.
Match dominated by serves -- over 100 unreturned ones.
On day one Gulbis was missing from the baseline significantly less than expected, at times making Tursunov look like a retriever. Ernie's backhand was particularly dangerous.
One loosy service game cost Gulbis the first set, the same can be said about Tursunov in the second. Third set was of great hilarity with both players complaining about darkness, Gulbis slipping on countless occasions and Tursunov failing to serve for the set and eventually DFing on BP to give the break away. They left at 5-5.
Two LOL moments. 1) Tursunov, after barely lobbing off return, standing at the fence with his arms stretched impersonating a goalkeeper during a penalty kick -- and Gulbis dumps the overhead into the net. 2) Gulbis awkwardly slips storming inside the court, lands on his ass but manages to recover and produce a beautiful CC BH winner.
On day 2 Gulbis came back with a monster serve not letting Tursunov win a point on return. His ground game worsened though (for example, nearly every time Tursunov created a good angle Gulbis had no answer but Mitya wasn't doing it often enough). At the tiebreak both stayed on serve till 6-6, if I'm not mistaken. Then Mitya earns SP after Ernests touches the net with his foot successfully chasing a netball (Gulbis would've won the point otherwise). What does Tursunov do now? You guessed it right. He DFs on SP. A couple of points later it's Gulbis' turn to waste SP from a totally winning position at the net. Finally, on his 4th or 5th SP, Tursunov unleashes a big forehand forcing Gulbis to committ an error. 14-12.
Set 4. Both were holding serve rather comfortably before Gulbis decided to really go for his shots. Huge backhand, huge forehand, and he's 40-15 up on Tursunov's serve. Ernie dominates the rally on first BP, hits Tursunov off the court and opts for elegant dropshot as a putaway -- FAIL. On second BP he slips during neutral rally and sails BH long. Breaks his racquet. After that Gulbis' groundstrokes completely broke down and though his serve pushed him to another TB he couldn't do a thing there as Tursunov didn't miss a single return this time.
Not an awfully bad match from Tursunov as he played with quite a margin for error. But he really needs to cut those DFs on key points.
Last edited by AnnaK_4ever; 06-22-2011 at 08:52 PM.