Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Second Year Blues

So I was messing round on the ATP website, minding my own business, when I came across this piece of alarming ranking information under the 'big movers this week' section. Ernests Gulbis - down 29 places.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
I thought about it and it made sense - Gulbis reached the quarters of Roland Garros last year and did not much of anything this year - and then I thought about it some more and I got mad. Ernests, what gives, dude? What's going on?
His year started with a bang - beating Djokovic in his first outing of the year in Brisbane - but since then he hasn't been able to string two wins together. It's been an embarrassing string of first and second round defeats for the guy who's supposed to be one of the future big guns of our game. I mean, sure, I understand about second year blues - last year was the year that Ernests announced, 'here I am, I have talent, fear me, fear me!' and sometimes it's hard to follow it up, but this is just ridiculous. He lost to Alberto Martin yesterday. On grass.
That's right. Alberto Martin. On grass.
Ernests. Pull yourself together. Spank your inner moppet, whatever. Just win two matches in a row. That's all I'm asking. Two in a row. If you want to go on and make it three or four or whatever, that's fine, but let's walk before we can run, eh?
Today's Results
Gerry Weber Open (Halle)
Mischa Zverev def. Tomas Berdych, 3-6 6-2 7-6 (10-8)
Benjamin Becker def. Rainer Schuettler, 6-4 2-6 6-4
Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Dmitry Tursunov, 6-4 7-6 (8-6)
Tommy Haas def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3 7-6 (7-3)
Lukas Lacko def. Harel Levy, 7-6 (8-6) 6-2
AEGON Championships (Queen's Club)
Andy Murray def. Andreas Seppi, 6-1 6-4
Gilles Simon def. Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-5)
Nicolas Mahut def. Marin Cilic, 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-4)
Ivo Karlovic def. Julien Benneteau, 7-6 (9-7) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2
Juan Carlos Ferrero def. Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-4 6-4
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Gilles Muller, 7-6 (7-3) 6-3
Mikhail Youzhny def. Marcos Baghdatis, 64 76(3)
Lleyton Hewitt def. Frederico Gil, 3-6 6-2 6-2
Steve Darcis def. Alberto Martin, 6-2 6-4
Xavier Malisse def. Rik De Voest, 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-5)
AEGON Classic (Birmingham)
Aleksandra Wozniak def. Olga Govortsova, 6-4 6-4
Sania Mirza def. Anne Keothavong, 6-1 7-6 (7-5)
Stefanie Voegele def. Ekaterina Makarova, 6-3 3-6 6-2
Naomi Cavaday def. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 6-4

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