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Ernests Gulbis: Future GS Contender or Bandwagon BS?

-Valhalla-
04-27-2010, 11:34 PM
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, :yawn:].

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.

andy neyer
04-27-2010, 11:37 PM
Gulbis will never win a GS but he'll be win some nice titles and be top 10 for a while. Trust me on this. I know.

That said, I have never truly understood why people here find Gulbis good looking.

A_Skywalker
04-27-2010, 11:37 PM
bandwagon

rkellymacon
04-27-2010, 11:39 PM
He could one day but not in the near future. The top players raise their levels significantly at the grand slam events. He could post an upset though over anyone if he keeps up this form

Montego
04-27-2010, 11:39 PM
No bandwagon, for me Gulbis is the reincarnation of Safin with his game, attitude and everything.

Could win Slams, could do shit - it depends. Has the potential.

-Valhalla-
04-27-2010, 11:40 PM
Gulbis will never win a GS but he'll be win some nice titles and be top 10 for a while. Trust me on this. I know.

Will do!

I have never truly understood why people here find Gulbis good looking.

I think the ladies disagree :lol:

Filo V.
04-28-2010, 04:02 AM
Too early yet to tell. Lets see him carry this form in a major and for months at a time, and then we can discuss this.

DJ Soup
04-28-2010, 04:28 AM
That said, I have never truly understood why people here find Gulbis good looking.

I'm a straight guy, but I reckon he has a "fresh" look

.-Federers_Mate-.
04-28-2010, 04:29 AM
bandwagon bs

Allegretto
04-28-2010, 04:31 AM
http://marks4glue.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/bandwagon.jpg

MIMIC
04-28-2010, 04:35 AM
I've been on the bandwagon for a few years so.....6 GSs (3 Wimblesons, 1 French Open & 2 US Opens) for Gulbis! :D :worship:

Jimnik
04-28-2010, 06:05 AM
No bandwagon, for me Gulbis is the reincarnation of Safin with his game, attitude and everything.

Could win Slams, could do shit - it depends. Has the potential.
This.

Although I can't see him winning any slams anytime soon. Hope I'm wrong.

osmonde
04-28-2010, 06:10 AM
Well, he dropped to 101 in ranking, and in 2 months he is up to 40, and will gain some ranking again...so we may count on his progress;

he now sees tennis as a job that he has to work for, not only a hobby...he already accepts rallying, serving better with less DF etc...he held his temper today after
bad shots...which is a real change.
So if he works hard, he will break through.

I followed him since 2008 and was quite angry seeing him spoiling his talent...
We did not know then, that he had a very bad coach.
Time will tell, but now, I appreciate his determination and progress under Gumi coaching...

Kolya
04-28-2010, 06:11 AM
Might pull the one off upset but can't sustain it for 7 matches.

Simple as that.

ossie
04-28-2010, 09:22 AM
gulbis wont even win a masters title

Fedicilous
04-28-2010, 09:36 AM
Definitely he will become a multi slam winner after humiliating Federer.

Drawing to the past, Benneteau, Volandri or Berdych also won some majors after defeating him.

Acer
04-28-2010, 09:44 AM
Too early to tell? He's twenty fucking one!

Frooty_Bazooty
04-28-2010, 09:45 AM
federer played crap, his win wasnt so special

Stelle
04-28-2010, 10:31 AM
Well if he wasn't playign the way he was playing Federer WOULD have won. Personally, when i first saw him (Djokovic, 2009 Brisbane win) I thought he was really good looking in that school boy kinda way, but i really don't like the beard thing he is workin' atm but it seems to be bringing him some luck. His hair needs a trimming too, well maybe more than a trimming! I think he has great potential of being a GS Champ and hopefully more than once. He has the right attitude and has a great personality! I hope he can go far in this tournament and madrid to pick up some extra points so he may be seeded. In case you were wondering, because of this win it makes his ranking push above his Personal Best!! Go Ernests :)

duong
04-28-2010, 11:14 AM
He has the game to win slams, not as much as Del Potro, but more than Berdych and many others imo, now it depends on his mind.

Too early to tell yet. I bet "one slam wonder"

duong
04-28-2010, 11:15 AM
In case you were wondering, because of this win it makes his ranking push above his Personal Best!! Go Ernests :)

not yet : he needs one more win ;)

So far, he's number 39 and his personal best is 38.

But he's number 20 in the Race and he may go that far later.

Stelle
04-28-2010, 11:36 AM
Oh sorry, i just automatically thought hehehe :) Hope he wins tomorrow :D

jrm
04-28-2010, 11:42 AM
Did you watch the match? One thing if you beat someone who plays great it's other thing when winning means you opponent played like crap!

Bargearse
04-28-2010, 11:56 AM
I think you could say he is a legit contender, if he could sustain the momentum. However, he will be prone to hotstreaks and then lapses of momentum/concentration that will see his ranking go up and down, up and down... I think he'll be one of those guys who will feature in a MTF thread a number of years from now discussing those players who had the potential but never fully reached it.

Stelle
04-28-2010, 11:57 AM
No, i watched highlights, but Gulbis did well mentally when Federer regained the break to make it 5-5, was there any thrown rackets? I never saw it. Although i completley agree, i think Gulbis deserves a little more cred than people have been giving him. He wouldn't have been able to hold it all together. Tantrums, throwing rackets.....

Bargearse
04-28-2010, 12:04 PM
I agree Federer was nowhere near his best - no life in his game. But I have to give Gulbis some credit here. He has pulled himself up. I mean, I saw him lose to Monaco in the 1st round of the Aus Open and he was so bad I felt like heckling him - I actually left the Federer/Andreev match to watch him & felt cheated. I wrote him off & now here he is playing some great tennis which is good to see. Maybe we can stop talking about the personal wealth factor & just focus now on what could possibly be a top 10 or 20 player if he keeps up the good form/thought process.


Did you watch the match? One thing if you beat someone who plays great it's other thing when winning means you opponent played like crap!

Florida
04-28-2010, 12:16 PM
No bandwagon, for me Gulbis is the reincarnation of Safin with his game, attitude and everything.

Could win Slams, could do shit - it depends. Has the potential.

The only difference, Gulbis has money without tennis and Safin made all his money through tennis. Other than that they are both party animals.

Florida
04-28-2010, 12:19 PM
No, i watched highlights, but Gulbis did well mentally when Federer regained the break to make it 5-5, was there any thrown rackets? I never saw it. Although i completley agree, i think Gulbis deserves a little more cred than people have been giving him. He wouldn't have been able to hold it all together. Tantrums, throwing rackets.....

People read too much inot Fed's loss and automatically create a Gulbis bandwagon, proclaiming him king and GS winner...... You gus forget who Federer is?????? Do you guys need a reminder. So what if he lost in an erly round he will be just fine come Madrid!!!!!

Forehander
04-28-2010, 12:52 PM
Basically you if you say something even a little negative you're considered a hater and if you say something a little positive you're considered joining the bandwagon. This is the MTF afterall.

Anyway, he definitely does have the game to win a Grand Slam. The power he's able to generate when he snaps his wrist is rather incredible and the paste of the ball travels at speed that can trouble even the quickest of players. Has a great serve and a decent touch too. With such a game, as he gains more experience and learn to control his weapons, he can successfully win a grand slam given a very good week.

-Valhalla-
04-28-2010, 01:03 PM
One thing if you beat someone who plays great it's other thing when winning means you opponent played like crap!

Yes, Fed pissed it away but still a win is a win and Fed and Nadal remain the biggest scalps.

born_on_clay
04-28-2010, 01:07 PM
too early to say, and moreover Ernests himself has to find more motivation to win big ones

paseo
04-28-2010, 02:51 PM
Yeah. Look at Berdych with his two slams after beating prime Fed in the Olympic and... oh wait..

duong
04-28-2010, 04:51 PM
Other than that they are both party animals.

Really : Gulbis is a party animal ? you have infos about that ?

Did you watch the match? One thing if you beat someone who plays great it's other thing when winning means you opponent played like crap!

I watched the match with my eyes. And I watch several matches every day when there's a slam, MS1000 or ATP500 tournament.

Tell me I don't know anything about tennis, but not that I don't watch matches.

In the match in front of my eyes and my brain, compring with the matches I usually watch, Gulbis played great last two sets against a rusty but fit Federer.

Federer playing well would have had huge problems as well.

Gulbis already had the upper-hand on Verdasco in the second part of their match last week : it's only a matter of being more consistent, he was for 2 sets against Federer.

Sunset of Age
04-28-2010, 04:59 PM
Gulbis has been 'bubbling under' for quite a while already, he surely has the talent to become a stable top-20 player soon, but it remains to be seen whether he's indeed the stuff the real champs are made off. Remember Gasquet, Berdych, etc... many are summoned, only few indeed reach the altar.

Really : Gulbis is a party animal ? you have infos about that ?

Well ehm... I don't know if he's indeed a 'party animal', but that incident in Stockholm last year surely makes one think that he enjoys the good things in life. :D

Aaric
04-28-2010, 05:06 PM
Gulbis is WAY overrated

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04-28-2010, 05:37 PM
I think he has the potential to win a slam. Whether he will at this point is anyone's guess.. He is still just 21. :D

No bandwagon, for me Gulbis is the reincarnation of Safin with his game, attitude and everything.
Could win Slams, could do shit - it depends. Has the potential.
+1


That said, I have never truly understood why people here find Gulbis good looking.
Because he is super cute. Especially when he shaves.

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/1425/erniehot.jpg

duong
04-28-2010, 05:41 PM
Well ehm... I don't know if he's indeed a 'party animal', but that incident in Stockholm last year surely makes one think that he enjoys the good things in life. :D

Mao Zedong, even Hô Chi Minh had "conventional" relations with many women but they were not at all "party animals".

The theory was rather that it contributed to their "peace and harmony".

As it's been heard recently, some football clubs would do the same for their players.

Actually, if you like parties, it's easier to find "easy women". But if you don't like parties, you may prefer other methods ...

Serious answer, please ?

RagingLamb
04-29-2010, 12:35 AM
With enough Ritalin in him he could beat anybody.

Unfortunately he barely has enough concentration to finish a single match, let alone 7 best-of-fives in one tournament.

Persimmon
04-29-2010, 12:38 AM
Whoa, slow down! It’s way too early to tell.



That said, I have never truly understood why people here find Gulbis good looking.


He looks really boyish and sweet.