Weird match. FAA was serving for 1st set at 5-4, then Gulbis came back and won the set 7-5. 2nd set, Gulbis had lots of changes with several games at 0-40 on FAA's serve and Gulbis couldn't convert any of them, and FAA ultimately won that set. Then in the third set, FAA was playing better and had chances to break, but made costly UEs in the tiebreaker and despite winning 2 more points in the 3rd set, lost it. Then FAA had triple break point in the 4th game of the 4th set and couldn't convert. Overall, FAA wasn't too bad, not too many double faults, but just played without much variety or creativity, whereas Gulbis created better opportunities for winners & constructed better points. Overall the better player today won and I'm happy with the outcome. Plays Bedene in R2 and possibly Monfils R3 - it's possible Gulbis could make it to the 4th round if he doesn't tire.
yeah ernie!. i knew he would have a chance. i feared he'd implode and give the match away after missing 3 straight 0-40 games but glad to see he didnt. he looked totally gassed at the end so we'll see what he has for next round