2/12/13 4:51 PM | Cheryl Murray
Ernests Gulbis, who has at times struggled on the Challenger circuit, came up big on Tuesday in Rotterdam with an upset win over Robin Haase.
Ernests Gulbis (Q) def. Robin Haase 6-2, 6-1
Ernests Gulbis, who was forced to come through qualifying, destroyed Dutch fan favorite Robin Haase to earn a spot in the second round. The win was the first ATP win of 2013 for the Latvian, who lost in the first round of a Challenger event just last week.
Gulbis, the world No. 132 who vacillates wildly between brilliant and terrible (but mostly terrible), was definitely on in this match. He was all over Haase's serve, inserting himself in most of the Dutchman's service games and earning seven break-point opportunities, converting four of them.
But perhaps more impressive for Gublis was his own serve. He slid through the entire match without facing a single break point. Gulbis will take on the winner of Juan Martin Del Potro and Gael Monfils in the second round.
Thiemo De Bakker def. Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 7-6(2), 4-1 ret.
Russia's Mikhail Youzhny was once again hampered by the same lower back injury that troubled him in Zagreb last week. The Russian won the first set, but could not keep up with De Bakker's big serving in the second. By the end of the middle frame, Youzhny was forced to call for treatment of the injury.
Youzhny made an attempt to play in the third set, but was unable to stand up under De Bakker's pace of shot and his own limited movement.
De Bakker awaits the winner of Roger Federer and Grega Zemlja in the second round.
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