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So Many Proven Yangs

Marseilles, Final (3) Gulbis d. (2) Tsonga, 7/6 6/4 It is a strange quirk that Ernests Gulbis, that least reliable of professional tennis players, somehow boasts a perfect record in tour finals, a record he kept intact today in Marseille. … Continue reading

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Laborious Fruit

Munich, Second Round Inspired by a boisterous local crowd and the jauntily tilted BMW presiding over Munich’s Centre Court, Florian Mayer’s recovery from a set down against Marinko Matosevic kicked off a fine day for the German men. Later on Daniel … Continue reading

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The Limits of Good Taste

Indian Wells, Day Five (Q) Gulbis d. (20) Seppi, 5/7 6/3 6/4 Ernests Gulbis has now won thirteen consecutive matches, an audacious streak that includes the Delray Beach title, as well as qualification for that event and the current one, … Continue reading

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Then Magic Happens

US Open, Days Three and Four The 2012 US Open is barely four days old, but it has already equalled the record for the most victories achieved from two sets to love down. This record number, set back in 1989, … Continue reading

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A Visit To The World of Tennis

Wimbledon, Day Three Channel Seven’s broadcast of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships was last night as curiously free of John Newcombe’s presence as the singles draw is of Australian men. These two phenomena are not unrelated. Indeed, one presumes that this … Continue reading

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Minor Records and Major Drama

French Open, Day Two Kukushkin d. Gulbis, 6/4 7/6 5/7 2/6 6/4 For the first two and half sets of his match against Mikhail Kukushkin in the Roland Garros first round, Ernests Gulbis played like a man killing time, and … Continue reading

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Subtle Iterations

US Open, First Round Gulbis d. (16) Youzhny, 6/2 6/4 6/4 Ernests Gulbis today won just his second set at Grand Slam level since Wimbledon 2009. Apparently delighted by the sensation, he then won his third and fourth, which proved … Continue reading

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The Art of Understatement

Gstaad, Final Granollers d. Verdasco, 6/4 3/6 6/3 Hands up who remembers that American Express ad from some years back, the one in which Andy Roddick stoically endures those side-splitting situations that arise when one transports various trophies via commercial … Continue reading

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All Fun and Games

Thanks to Oscar Wilde and the apparently irresistible nature of puns, Ernests Gulbis’ early career has been dogged by pedestrian wordplay in near-lockstep with his varied results. When Federer avenged a prior loss to the Latvian in Madrid last year, … Continue reading

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Here We Are

Los Angeles, Second Round Through no fault of mine, the US Open Series gathers momentum, or more accurately mass, with the consequent increase in gravity drawing in more and more high-quality protagonists from elsewhere in the cosmos. Some are even … Continue reading

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