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RG QF: Djokovic d. Gulbis 75 76 75

Nikigreat
06-03-2008, 03:19 PM
Nole goes in Semifinals.
Anyway, Great match by Gulbis.

FluffyYellowBall
06-03-2008, 03:21 PM
this gulbis is good

tennizen
06-03-2008, 03:21 PM
Good fight from Gulbis.

star
06-03-2008, 03:21 PM
:bigclap:

Too bad there had to be a loser.

Voo de Mar
06-03-2008, 03:22 PM
Gulbis has huge potential but he is still a headcase, after he leveled up at 5:5 in the third I knew he's going to lose his service game easily. He has to play tight sets better if he wants to be a Top 20 player...

jitterbug
06-03-2008, 03:22 PM
Thank you for the mini heart-attacks you caused, Ernito :lol:

Good on both of them :yeah:

habibko
06-03-2008, 03:22 PM
Gulbis :worship:

what a comeback to break so brilliantly when djokovic was serving for the match, he really fought like a man.

arm
06-03-2008, 03:22 PM
Good enough from Djokovic.

Now get ready, the best part is yet to come. ;)

rocketassist
06-03-2008, 03:22 PM
Erno deserved a set. Gutted. But onwards and upwards for him :yeah: This is the grand slam that least suits his game and he's done very well.

Bring on the grass :)

buzz
06-03-2008, 03:23 PM
Gulbis: amazing shotmaking and serve, soft hands!

Djokovic: amazing ballbouncing and running...., still won

seljanin
06-03-2008, 03:23 PM
So close and yet so far...

Never in doubt really, Djokovic was the better player on the key points. As expected though.

Still, :hug: to Ernests for a good tournament!

Congrats to Djokovic and his fans!

Herdwick
06-03-2008, 03:24 PM
Gulbis - great stuff, bit inconsistent but terrific to watch when you're on. You can go far. But Nole - that was very disappointing. You are toast against Rafa if you play like that. But we know you can and will do better.

MIMIC
06-03-2008, 03:24 PM
Gulbis played rather well. To me, it seemed as if Djokovic was playing at 60%...just enough to get by, only getting more aggressive when he felt it was necessary.

I doubt he'll play like this agaist Nadal. Hopefully, he'll be out for blood.

Raymz
06-03-2008, 03:24 PM
it's amazing how Gulbis improved his game during last couple of weeks. He really impressed me :yeah:

aeronatasha
06-03-2008, 03:24 PM
Nicely done Novak.:)

Amazing play for the most part by Gulbis, so nice to see such a great young guy. I truly wish him all the best, he really fought till the very end.:worship:

NicoFan
06-03-2008, 03:24 PM
:sad: for Gulbis. I knew it was a long shot, but I was hoping for the upset. :sad:

Branimir
06-03-2008, 03:24 PM
Such a passive game from Djokovic, I was very upset. Ernest had like twice as more winners than Nole.
Anyway, good win for Nole, deserved one, because Ernest made mistakes, but if he plays like this against Nadal: Sayanora.

speranza
06-03-2008, 03:26 PM
Now I'm afraid if Nole plays this way in the semifinal, he stands no chance against Nadal. It might go terribly wrong, his game today was far from even decent. I didn't like it one bit. Hope he can concentrate and try to give it his all.

Thumb up Gulbis! I enjoy watching him on court.

RedFury
06-03-2008, 03:27 PM
Good enough from Djokovic.

Now get ready, the best part is yet to come. ;)

Yeah. As in trying to get more than seven games from Rafa.

They way each one is playing, I can't even see him do that.

HeretiC
06-03-2008, 03:27 PM
Didn't like the match much, at patches both good, Ernests when facing BP's, Djoker with consistency. Too much UE's. Ernests's defensive BH was nonexistent and his running FH awful, at least his drop shots were great. Nole below his game , but still enough strong for win in straights. 1/12 BP's in first set:eek:

anon57
06-03-2008, 03:28 PM
Nice match, would have liked to see it go for a set longer. Nice fight from Gulbis:yeah:
Not the best play from Djokovic but he's done enough to get himself in the semi's again

Lee
06-03-2008, 03:28 PM
Good match for Gulbis! He may be the 4th man in the mix in coming year.

As usual, Nole plays good enough to win and he needs to improve his performance 100% to not get blown out of the court by Nadal on Thursday.

Bazooka
06-03-2008, 03:28 PM
I wish I could have seen this match, from the score looked fun.

Or at least funnier than Nadal's QF :P

MIMIC
06-03-2008, 03:28 PM
Such a passive game from Djokovic, I was very upset. Ernest had like twice as more winners than Nole.
Anyway, good win for Nole, deserved one, because Ernest made mistakes, but if he plays like this against Nadal: Sayanora.

Yeah...I was getting irritated that Djokovic was playing so flatly while Gulbis was fighting during the entire match. He was making me nervous :)

piksi
06-03-2008, 03:29 PM
straight sets is too brutal for Gulbis who played well enough to win a set at least. Novak played well when it was needed. thosw 0/12 BP in the first set were a sign for a long match. Now get some rest and go after the retriever

zcess81
06-03-2008, 03:31 PM
Such a passive game from Djokovic, I was very upset. Ernest had like twice as more winners than Nole.
Anyway, good win for Nole, deserved one, because Ernest made mistakes, but if he plays like this against Nadal: Sayanora.

Both had 82 winners.

Forehander
06-03-2008, 03:32 PM
Very good match from Gulbis. Expected future top 10 if nothing goes wrong.

Deivid23
06-03-2008, 03:33 PM
Well done to both players, entertaining match

Chiseller
06-03-2008, 03:37 PM
Hmm.. I don't get the comments, this was an ugly match, both of them didn't play near their best, nice error festival. Gulbis forehand was totally sluggish. Didn't watch the whole third set, they might pulled up some better stuff there.

Best thing was the "suti picku ti materinu" comment.

Burrow
06-03-2008, 03:37 PM
Gulbis :worship:

what a comeback to break so brilliantly when djokovic was serving for the match, he really fought like a man.

Well he is a man, not a woman :confused:

star
06-03-2008, 03:38 PM
Both had 82 winners.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

zcess81
06-03-2008, 03:38 PM
Yeah. As in trying to get more than seven games from Rafa.

They way each one is playing, I can't even see him do that.

Novak sometimes struggles against lesser players, especially big servers like Gulbis. I'm sure he'll be fired up for Rafa match and will give his all. I doubt that he's going to win but it will be a closer than you think. He didn't play particularly well in Hamburg either until Nadal match. What you also have to consider is that Nadal's and Novak's game match-up pretty well even on clay.

zcess81
06-03-2008, 03:41 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

:confused:

Petrovic
06-03-2008, 03:42 PM
Joker played all tournament in poor form.
If he does not improve Nadal will blast him 6-1 6-1 6-1 .

Gulbis on the other hand very good, huge serve and drop shots but only 19 and choking i crucial moments.
I can se him in top 5 if he can be consistant !
And i think HC suit him better so we shall se more of him i hope so very soon !

Joker , you better get serious coz Rafa will destroy you in 3 easy sets !

Grunge
06-03-2008, 03:42 PM
Gulbis showed that he is best young player out there (with Nadal and Djokovic). If he continue with hard work, at age of 21 he will probably be at least at same level as Nole is now.
Ofcourse he needs to calm down on imortant moments of the match.

*Ljubica*
06-03-2008, 03:48 PM
Nole - I still love you, but that was not a good performance. Please come out playing MUCH better than that on Friday - or you will have no chance :sad:

To Gulbis - many congratulations :worship: True, Nole played badly, but take nothing away from Gulbis. He is a great young talent - works hard, fights hard, and always with such a nice smile and a good attitude on court. Well done to him and his fans - and I hope he will go far in the future:)

Btw - random fact from Eurosport............ by winning that match, Djokovic became only the 4th player in the past 40 years of the Open Tennis Era, to reach 5 consecutive Grand Slam semi finals. The other 3 are Federer, Lendl and Becker.

Farenhajt
06-03-2008, 03:48 PM
Nole apparently refused to go over 40 mph/60 kph, except for the incremental stepping-ups in the key moments. I hope he just wanted to save as much energy as possible for Rafa. (Mind you, he wasn't at all convincing against Montanes in Hamburg, yet he produced the goods against Rafa in the semis).

Anyway, with expected improvements, Ernests will definitely be an interesting opponent in the future. Good show today.

Ales_Alessandra
06-03-2008, 03:49 PM
:woohoo: I enjoyed myself pretty much watching these two!! Ernest is already one of my faves, specially for future! :) Now Nole was expected to win, considering his present position!! It will be a hell match on friday, this time won't lose it!! If Roger fell on QF to gonzo, what I'm expecting, the SF can go either way that I'll be happy, otherwise, Rafita will take it!! :rocker:

tennizen
06-03-2008, 03:50 PM
Btw - random fact from Eurosport............ by winning that match, Djokovic became only the 4th player in the past 40 years of the Open Tennis Era, to reach 5 consecutive Grand Slam semi finals. The other 3 are Federer, Lendl and Becker.

That's a pretty great achievement. Tennis he certainly can play:sad:

fast_clay
06-03-2008, 03:51 PM
it's amazing how Gulbis improved his game during last couple of weeks. He really impressed me :yeah:


yeah... you are right... i think this guy is a big tournament player...

tangerine_dream
06-03-2008, 03:53 PM
Olé Nolé. :bigclap: Even though the scoreline is tight I never once felt that Novak was in danger of losing this match, and he wasn't playing well either. Congrats to Gulbis on getting this far.

So at least, the dream SF with Nole and Rafa. Muahaha. *gets the popcorn machine ready* :toothy:

l_mac
06-03-2008, 03:54 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

:confused:

The RG site is not the place to go for stats.

Apparently Rafa hit 26 winners in the 1st set against Nico. :o So they are clearly not to be trusted :lol:

The on screen stats said Nole had 36 winners in the match and Gulbis 40something, but a lot more UEs.

zcess81
06-03-2008, 04:02 PM
The RG site is not the place to go for stats.

Apparently Rafa hit 26 winners in the 1st set against Nico. :o So they are clearly not to be trusted :lol:

The on screen stats said Nole had 36 winners in the match and Gulbis 40something, but a lot more UEs.

That's VERY incompetent I'd say...not THAT hard to get it right, is it?

Clara Bow
06-03-2008, 04:06 PM
Gulbis showed glimpses of what he could maybe do in the future while also exhibiting signs of his green-ness. He did sometimes follow a great point with a silly error. I look forward to seeing more in the future and would like to see a rematch of the two in a year.

Nico was vocally frustrated (and physically with his thwacking at the ball) but I never really felt like he would lose the match.

arm
06-03-2008, 04:17 PM
Yeah. As in trying to get more than seven games from Rafa.

They way each one is playing, I can't even see him do that.

Advice: you never know how Djokovic is going to play his next match. ;)

HarryMan
06-03-2008, 04:20 PM
Keep going Novak, the very soon world number two player :sport:

Corey Feldman
06-03-2008, 04:31 PM
Congrats on your last win (and sets) this year McHoleo :wavey:

arm
06-03-2008, 04:33 PM
Congrats on your last win (and sets) this year McHoleo :wavey:

I get what you're trying to do, escude!

This time he was really lucky and you don't say: "Lucky one, Nole"?

:mad: say it :p

Corey Feldman
06-03-2008, 04:34 PM
NO :p

Ranger
06-03-2008, 04:35 PM
Well done Nole (and Gulbis). :) Never in doubt for me.

arm
06-03-2008, 04:36 PM
NO :p

:fiery::armed:

avocadoe
06-03-2008, 04:38 PM
Gulbis, I like him, and he will be a force, I think...with the right coaching and some more winning, he'll come along. Great effort today :)

jcempire
06-03-2008, 04:40 PM
this gulbis is good

Not just good, He is great. Amazing kid.

Top 20 by end of this year, if he keep growing

jcempire
06-03-2008, 04:42 PM
Next to Nadal, I said Nadal

possible djok is done

theblejach
06-03-2008, 05:03 PM
by winning that match, Djokovic became only the 4th player in the past 40 years of the Open Tennis Era, to reach 5 consecutive Grand Slam semi finals. The other 3 are Federer, Lendl and Becker.
:worship::worship::worship:

Outfielder
06-03-2008, 05:06 PM
Djokovic became only the 4th player in the past 40 years of the Open Tennis Era, to reach 5 consecutive Grand Slam semi finals. The other 3 are Federer, Lendl and Becker.

Wonderful archivement Nole! Keep going...

but-it's-ok
06-03-2008, 05:08 PM
Well done to Nole and to Ernests:hug:

I didn't watch the match but have looked at pics from the match elsewhere on the internet, the match looked to be played in wonderful spirit:yeah: Some of the other guys on Tour can learn lessons from these two-how to show respect on court for one another,at the same time recognising each others great shots in such good spirit.

Well done to both, two fine sportsmen and wonderful talents. Tennis is truly blessed right now:) They are both great for mens tennis.

miura
06-03-2008, 05:14 PM
Amazing match. Amazing tournament for a player who'll surely rise in the future. GL in Wimbledon!

ChinoRios4Ever
06-03-2008, 05:16 PM
too close Gulbis

Rafa will kill Nole in SF ;)

HeretiC
06-03-2008, 05:24 PM
Well done to Nole and to Ernests:hug:

I didn't watch the match but have looked at pics from the match elsewhere on the internet, the match looked to be played in wonderful spirit:yeah: Some of the other guys on Tour can learn lessons from these two-how to show respect on court for one another,at the same time recognising each others great shots in such good spirit.

Well done to both, two fine sportsmen and wonderful talents. Tennis is truly blessed right now:) They are both great for mens tennis.

From what I heard they are very good friends and know each other since being 12 years old.

MaryX
06-03-2008, 05:36 PM
I think Novak fully respects Gulbis, and that showed at press conference and on court today.Interesting, because he doesn't show it in such manner to Nadal or Fed.Could it be great rivalry? I think so.Great play by Ernests, he was very hard opponent for Novak.It is nice he won this, couse I think he feared a bit for the outcome.

groundstroke
06-03-2008, 05:43 PM
Did he choke in the tie breaks?

*Ljubica*
06-03-2008, 05:43 PM
From what I heard they are very good friends and know each other since being 12 years old.

Indeed. They played together as kids at the Nikki Pilic Academy, and socialise off court.

I agree with Mary about the respect thing. At no time did the Umpire have to come down to check a mark - they trusted and respected each other completely about any close calls or "dodgy" linecalls.

stebs
06-03-2008, 05:50 PM
Mixed match. Gulbis really proved himself a very good player. Who would've thought post AO 2007 that Gulbis would reach a slam QF before Murray? The Latvian showed he is able to play well in big matches but today Djokovic was good enough when it mattered and though he was below his best it wasn't a bad performance. Difficult to play someone like Gulbis because of his weight of shot, I don't think you can judge from a match like this how Novak will fare vs Nadal.

Jimnik
06-03-2008, 05:59 PM
I'm so impressed by the way Ernie is playing all of a sudden. Consistent and controlled agression, I never thought I'd see him playing that way but he must be so high on confidence. Unfortunately he hasn't had many tight situations this year and that told today but a great effort nonetheless. :worship:

Bring on the grass season.

Allez
06-03-2008, 06:04 PM
Nole is toast. Great run, but no further.

Björki
06-03-2008, 06:35 PM
Nole :yeah:

Gulbis :hatoff:

EternalxJourney
06-03-2008, 06:56 PM
Very entertaining match. Good stuff from Ernie. Those drop shots..:lol::drool:

michellej
06-03-2008, 07:03 PM
The most amazing part was how well Gulbis played and the close scoreline. In his interview Djokovic said he had 82 winners. He forgot to say that Gulbis also had 82 winners !!!!! Nice selective statistics, Novak. (They include service pt winners in the stats at RG)

aeronatasha
06-03-2008, 07:17 PM
Q. Do you think we've seen someone out there today who you had to play really well to beat who could be in and amongst the very best players in the world in the not too distant future?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, that's one of the possibilities. He has all the elements in the game to do so. He has great potential, and he's a very nice guy. I know him for a long time on and off the court. We have been practicing together in the same place for three years.

We knew each other's game, but we never met officially on the tournaments, so it was a bit tricky for both of us. Obviously he didn't have anything to lose, you know, first quarterfinals of the Grand Slam.

I knew that he was going to be aggressive and just go for the shots, so I was trying to be patient, you know, and just try to calm his game down a little bit.

There was a lot of interruptions with the rain and with the bad weather, but I think it went more in my advantage because when there is rain, the courts are getting slower, which makes the serve not so effective as in other conditions.

But certainly he has a big potential to be one of the best players in the world in upcoming couple of months or years. But, you know, it all depends from his mental ability, you know, if he's stable or not.

You know, he had some crucial moments when he made some unforced errors and double faults, so he still needs to ‑‑ he needs to get some time and get more experience.


Q. Would you say that today on the big points it was your willingness to play safe percentage tennis that saw you through?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you know, as I said, I knew he was going to go for the shots, so I didn't want to make the same rhythm. I didn't want to try to overpower his game. He's very strong. He's very tall. He has a great serve. He surprise me with the percentage of the first serve.

He was making a lot of troubles to me to return his serves, so, you know, if he can rely on some element in the game, which was serving in this position, then it's much easier to continue playing.

But I tried to play a bit more patient and more safe in certain moments, yeah, that's for sure. But this is not going to be a case in the next match.


Q. When you kind of walked back to the locker room and see that Nadal has won 6‑1, 6‑1, 6‑1 against someone who has won more clay court matches than you this year, then what's your immediate sensation?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I told my coach, I think it was 6‑1, 6‑1, 5‑1, I told him, Look, go, go fast. See one game, you know. Try to catch at least a game and see how it goes. Maybe he play some bad shots (laughter.)

It's impressive, of course. He's been playing better and better, you know. He improve I think the serve a lot this year, on clay especially, and he's going for some shots much more.

He combines that with his great physical strength and then patience, and it's impressive on this surface.

But I don't want to go out there in semis and just try my best. I don't want to do that. I want to win, and I think I have good quality and good chance.

I mean, I know, of course, he's a favorite, and all the credit to that. But only with a positive attitude and approach in the match I can get the positive outcome.


Q. You will play more aggressive than Hamburg, like the beginning of the match when you are winning? Or what do you think about?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think Hamburg was really good match for me. I was really unfortunate. I mean, I don't think it can happen second time that I am so unfortunate on a lot of break points and in important moments I hit so many lets and even the string breaks, things like that. I didn't have luck.

But if I play that way, you know, and if I'm able to keep on going that way, keep that aggressivity on the high level and be consistent in the strokes and just try to stick with him, you know, be all the time with him mentally as well, then I have a good chance.


Q. Is this the ultimate challenge in tennis, playing against Nadal on clay?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, yeah. In this position, yeah. In this period of the year when he's so dominant in last couple of years on this surface, he's never lost a match on the center court in the French Open, you know, he's ‑‑ all to his favor.

But it's a big challenge for me, I think, as the third player of the world and Grand Slam winner this year.

He has, you know, things have quite changed since the last year playing on clay. I think I have more quality in my game and more variety, so hopefully I can use it against him.


Q. Do you think it's a bigger challenge playing Rafa here or playing Roger at Wimbledon?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I don't know. I never played Roger in Wimbledon, so I can't say.


Q. The question is like completing the other question. The challenge of trying to beat Nadal for the first time in Paris, is it for you as strong as or wanting to win the French Open almost, like somebody's going to stop Nadal, being the one who's going to stop him? Is it for you as important as winning the Grand Slam?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, I don't want to get into the book ‑‑ in the book of the history by beating Nadal. You know, it's not my priority goal. My priority goal is to keep on winning, keep on playing well, and then just trying to get as far as I can in the tournament. Winning the Grand Slam title is, of course, much more important.


Q. Are you going to have a different technique, or are you going to play as usual against Nadal?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I just said how I'm going to play.


Q. Is it fair to say that probably you are physically in the best possible shape to play this match? I think in the past you haven't been able to play as well as you would have liked because you've had an injury or two. Is it fair to say that you are in the best shape you could possibly be?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think, yes. I think I'm on the top of my shape, at least confidence, you know. I've been winning a lot this year, and I approached the big matches in the big events much different than the past years.

So this can be one of the keys in the upcoming match, and of course physical strength, which is very important. The fact that I'm going to have two days now to rest and recover is encouraging for me.


Q. There's another set of semifinals, men's and women's, and three Serbian players again. The three of you have not only have shown a lot of talent, but you seem very consistent. You don't trip up early. I mean, is there one story there, or is it three different stories?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Plus doubles. You didn't mention doubles. We have like five or six guys in doubles. Four, whatever. Seven. I don't know, seven all together?

So, yeah, it's getting better and better. I mean, I think the country has only positive thoughts about tennis now. It's No. 1 sport. I'm feeling happy when I see the guys of my country, countryfellows, you know, girls and men, doing so well.

Of course, it's much nicer than to see somebody else. For such a small country, it's a big success. We represent our country. Yeah, we support each other. We have very fair understanding for each other, and very fair relations, so it's nice.


Q. How hard he hits and the kind of ball he hits, where does that rate with all the other players in the world? Is it right up there?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Who?


Q. Ernests Gulbis, how hard he hits.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, he hits the ball really hard. He has a great talent. He's been hitting the ball really fast throughout all the time, all these years that I know him. He developed, he got stronger.

Maybe he needs to improve a little bit on his movement more and just to gain the experience. As I said, he has all the things he need to be a top 10 player.


Q. Were you at all surprised by how hard he was hitting right at the beginning?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I knew he's going to be very aggressive, so I wasn't really.


Q. You're such an emotional player, and I'm wondering if you're conscious during the match of wanting the crowd to be with you, if there's anything that you try to do? If you're feeling like you're losing them, do you try to get them back? Did your experience in Australia against Tsonga teach you anything about that?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, well, I'm emotional, of course, and going through a lot of frustrations and of course positive and negative energy throughout the match.

It's normal to have some kind of ‑‑ for me, of course, it's normal ‑‑ everybody's different ‑‑ to have some kind of expressions after a bad point or good point. That's the way I am. I have a big temperament on the court, so I just like it that way.

Every person is different, and the crowd is important on every tournament, every match. It's really important if you can get the crowd behind you to support you. You know, you get motivation. You know, you get motivated, you get a lot of positive energy, and you kind of play easier, you know.

If you have a crowd against you, it's a totally different situation. Then you're fighting against the crowd and your opponent. This can put you in a really tricky position. That's why sometimes maybe during the match, you know, if I see the crowd is against me I react crazy, but, you know, it's all part of the sport.


Q. Did Australia teach you anything about that?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Not, not specially.


Q. I was told that just before the match you got a little problem, physical problem. You were late, something like that. It was wrong information?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Absolutely.


Q. And second question: Comment about the warning?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: About the warning?


Q. Yeah.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No comment. I accept it. You know, as long as they are giving me the prewarnings, no problem about that. My fault. I admit.

FedererBulgaria
06-03-2008, 07:39 PM
Gulbis :worship: Keep going,boy!;)

Guy Haines
06-03-2008, 07:47 PM
Gulbis looks like a modern version of the romantic poet Shelley.:hearts:

After only getting to see bits and pieces of Gulbis matches the past year, it was great to see most of one, even if he lost. No doubt he has tremendous potential. I hope he delivers on it more than the huge gaggle of losers in the Rafa-Novak generation.

Novak was as charming as ever. :rolleyes: Seriously, sometimes he really comes off like a sociopath.

FedFan_2007
06-03-2008, 07:54 PM
AlMUGro, Gasquet, Monfils, Wawrinka, Murray are not a HUGE gaggle of losers. Just a small gaggle.

jazar
06-03-2008, 08:01 PM
bad luck to gulbis. seemed like he had some good chances here

Matt01
06-03-2008, 08:14 PM
Djoko played like crap and still won in 3 sets.

Go Djoko :)

star
06-03-2008, 10:57 PM
Gulbis looks like a modern version of the romantic poet Shelley.:hearts:
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRshelley1.jpg



Novak was as charming as ever. :rolleyes: Seriously, sometimes he really comes off like a sociopath.

I'm sure you would have a different opinion if you were actually around any sociopaths on a frequent basis. :) :)

Voo de Mar
06-03-2008, 11:06 PM
^^

Gulbis reminds me of this former Polish singer ->

rW0TgYZn_tk

:haha:

Deivid23
06-03-2008, 11:20 PM
Difficult to play someone like Gulbis because of his weight of shot, I don't think you can judge from a match like this how Novak will fare vs Nadal.

Agree

NYCtennisfan
06-04-2008, 01:02 AM
Both had 82 winners.

:haha: :haha: You don't hit 82 winners with both players playing serve and volley on grass in 3 sets. You sure don't do it on clay. 164 combined winners in a 5 set marathon on clay is something that's rarely if ever happened.

NYCtennisfan
06-04-2008, 01:04 AM
Agree

Double agree. I think Novak holding his serve the first couple of games will give him enough confidence to make the 1st set a tight one. He'll take some chance son Nadal's serve and Nadal will feel Novak's game. If he pulls out the first set, he's got a shot. If he loses, I don't see him being competitive for more than a half a set thereafter.

NYCtennisfan
06-04-2008, 01:07 AM
I'm so impressed by the way Ernie is playing all of a sudden. Consistent and controlled agression, I never thought I'd see him playing that way but he must be so high on confidence. Unfortunately he hasn't had many tight situations this year and that told today but a great effort nonetheless. :worship:

Bring on the grass season.

It was only a matter of time.

dam0dred
06-04-2008, 01:09 AM
Pretty impressive performance from Gulbis really. I liked watching his play.

RonE
06-04-2008, 01:17 AM
At least McNoleo defended his points here :yeah:

Though it would be too much of a stretch to expect anything other than a straight set beatdown from Porky in the semis :zzz:

LinkMage
06-04-2008, 01:44 AM
Good job by Gulbis. :yeah:

RagingLamb
06-04-2008, 01:46 AM
Gulbis played very well. hopefully he'll keep this up.

Allez-Ollie
06-04-2008, 06:42 AM
Btw - random fact from Eurosport............ by winning that match, Djokovic became only the 4th player in the past 40 years of the Open Tennis Era, to reach 5 consecutive Grand Slam semi finals. The other 3 are Federer, Lendl and Becker.[/QUOTE]

Not strictly true: Bjorn Borg 1980 won FO won W ru US 1981 won FO ru W ru US - 6 consecutive sf. Did not compete in Australia.

*Ljubica*
06-04-2008, 07:17 AM
Btw - random fact from Eurosport............ by winning that match, Djokovic became only the 4th player in the past 40 years of the Open Tennis Era, to reach 5 consecutive Grand Slam semi finals. The other 3 are Federer, Lendl and Becker.

Not strictly true: Bjorn Borg 1980 won FO won W ru US 1981 won FO ru W ru US - 6 consecutive sf. Did not compete in Australia.[/QUOTE]

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Well I was only quoting what the Eurosport commentators said. But I guess, if Borg did not compete in Australia during this period, then his remarkable feats cannot strictly be included in the record books in their eyes, as he did not play in every Grand Slam :shrug:

almouchie
06-04-2008, 07:45 AM
THIS MATCH reminds me of the usa open fianl last year when novak was in charge but ended up losing every set and lost the final in 3 straight
a lot more is coming from Ernest, I expect him to become better many of his generation, murray, gasquet included.

Knightmace
06-04-2008, 08:03 AM
Nice try Gulbis plenty for the future. :)

tnosugar
06-04-2008, 08:24 AM
Nicely done Novak.:)

Amazing play for the most part by Gulbis, so nice to see such a great young guy. I truly wish him all the best, he really fought till the very end.:worship:

He needs to carry the momentum now. Remember how everyone predicted that Tsonga would march into the top 10 in no time. It's a mental thing now.