Saw half of 2nd set. He had trouble closing the match. I whish he could move better during exchanges; seems like he waits still while the ball is coming...
Wonder if he had some coaching during his 2 months. Someone knows?
Anyway, I will look at his entire match tomorrow, hoping it won't be his last for a while.
Ernests Gulbis (photo) started his season from a convincing 6-1 6-2 win over Matthias Bachinger from Germany. In the second round he can play against the top seed Paul Henri Mathieu (still to fight against Dusan Lajovic). This surely would be a match worth going to Heilbronn.
Today the Latvian was really good, although it wasn't the level that would carry him anywhere far at the Australian Open. He surely was motivated - even when Bachinger had many breakpoints, Gulbis focused and served aces or other difficult serves. He also annoyed his opponent with a repetitve angled forehand on the line played from the middle of the court. As for the less flattering things, it's hard to predict how Gulbis would fare in few shot longer rallies, because he didn't seem blistering quick, and also Bachinger wasn't the one to outpower the Latvian.