Match report

Mardy Fish ©
Los Angeles
Quarter final
7/30/11 1 2 Tot
us  Mardy Fish 6 6 2
ru  Igor Kunitsyn 2 4 0
Igor Kunitsyn ©
Ernests Gulbis ©
Los Angeles
Quarter final
7/30/11 Tot
lv  Ernests Gulbis
ar  Juan Martin Del Potro
Juan Martin Del Potro ©
  • Los Angeles - Fish, Gulbis through to semifinals

    7/30/11 6:37 AM | Kelli DeMario
    World No. 9 Mardy Fish is through to the final four after defeating 8th seed Igor Kunitsyn Friday afternoon. The American is joined by Ernests Gulbis, who upset 2nd seed Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets.

    (1) Mardy Fish def. (8) Igor Kunitsyn 6-2, 6-4

    Top seed Mardy Fish advanced to the semifinal late Friday afternoon, having ousted 8th seed Igor Kunitsyn in straight sets. The American relinquished an early break in set one, but broke back to 3-2 and 5-2. The 29-year-old went on to secure a key break at 2-2 in the second set. He completed the match with 6 aces through an hour and 14 minutes of play.

    Fish is slated to face compatriot Ryan Harrison for a spot in the final. Harrison rallied to defeat Yen-Hsun Lu in the quarterfinal, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

    Ernests Gulbis def. (2) Juan Martin Del Potro 6-2, 6-2

    World No. 84 Ernests Gulbis continued his Los Angeles effort with a straight-set upset of second seed Juan Martin Del Potro late Friday. The Latvian broke to 2-0 and 4-1 in the first set, then came back to break twice from a 1-3 deficit in the second. Gulbis missed three match points at 5-4, but regrouped to convert the fourth. He ended the contest with four of 6 break points converted through 97 minutes.

    Gulbis will take on Alex Bogomolov in the semifinal. The American rallied to down 4th seed Thomaz Bellucci in the quarterfinal, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

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Is Gulbis that good, or is Delpo not playing well? I hope Gulbis wins this whole thing and get his tennis back on track. It will be nice to see the top four against guys like Delpo, Gulbis, Sod, Berdych, Nalby, Simon, Tsonga and Almagro when these guys are at the top of their games. I hope Davy and Cilic can get back on track too. I really miss Davy, and I hope Cilic can win the Croatia Open title, though I like Ferrero too and will be happy for him if he can defend his title.

luckystar , 7/30/11 7:08 AM

at this rate Gulbis is due for his next good result in February of 2013

RickyDimon , 7/30/11 7:51 AM

2013? A bit too pessimistic! Gulbis will be 24 next year, so I think he knows it's now or never for him to make a breakthrough; same with Cilic, before the new batch of youngsters catch up with them.

It will be nice to see this batch of 21-24 year olds coming of age next year, the likes of Cilic, Gulbis, Dolgo, Raonic. Maybe that same age but not as promising group too, consisiting of Chardy, Haase, Golubev, De Bakker, Istomin?

Most of the outstanding ones of Rafa's generation, ie those who joined the tours between 2001-2004 have already made it to the top ten, the likes of Verdasco, Sod, Simon, Berdych, Tsonga, Wawrinka, Monfils, Gasquet and now Almagro. Of course the leading men are Rafa and Nole; though not many have won Masters, only Sod, Tsonga, Berdych other than Rafa and Nole. Gulbis joined in 2004, he should be in this group but he missed the mark despite showing promises as early as age 17.

Hopefully, Gulbis can do something in his tennis career, now that I have to classify him with Murray and Delpo's group. Murray has some Masters but misses a slam; Delpo has a slam but misses a Masters. Can both have a break through this or next year to get whatever is missing? Also can Gulbis and one of my favorite boy Cilic get back on track next year? It's time that this group should rise and challenge the previous batch, when Fed's batch are preparing for their retirement from tennis.

luckystar , 7/30/11 11:01 AM

I have never quite been able to decide whether Gulbis is over-rated or simply wilfully underperforms. He certainly had more than his fair share of hype a few years ago.

ed251137 , 7/30/11 12:22 PM

Sosueme , 7/30/11 2:06 PM

I've said before that I think Ernie has top 5 talent and I still do. He's not over-rated, he's under-achieved by quite a bit. I didn't see the match with Delpo. Does anybody know if he played really well or if Delpo played poorly?

I'd also agree that he's a spoiled brat who doesn't seem to work hard. This has been why he hasn't done much in his career.

numero , 7/30/11 2:52 PM

Numero, I saw bits of that match and Gulbis actually outplayed Del Potro, which came as a total surprise to me given what I'm used to seeing out of Gulbis. I'd like to see this kid earn his own success and fortune, and not rely solely on what his family has. Besides, he didn't earn any of that. If he can dedicate himself to this game and be his own man, he can use his talent to create his own success. I'm not gonna get my hopes up, but I hope this is the start of something better for Gulbis.

djb247365 , 7/30/11 9:02 PM

Wish I'd seen Gulbis Vs Delpo.
I love the way Gulbis plays when he's having a good day. It's a very impressive result!

Shireling , 7/31/11 9:30 AM

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