• Gulbis outlasts Haas in third-set tiebreaker

    3/2/13 11:40 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Gulbis outlasts Haas in third-set tiebreaker Ernests Gulbis comes back from the brink of defeat to beat Tommy Haas in three sets on Saturday in Delray Beach. Gulbis will go up against either John Isner or Edouard Roger-Vasselin for the title.

    Ernests Gulbis won his second third-set tiebreaker in the last three days, outlasting Tommy Haas 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2) in the semifinals of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Saturday. Gulbis fired seven aces, benefited from nine Haas double-faults, and he saved all five of the break points he faced in the deciding set to prevail after two hours and 14 minutes.

    Gulbis got off to a fast start by breaking for a 3-2 lead in the first set, which he accomplished with a perfect backhand pass to end a prolonged rally. Haas, who looked dispirited and disinterested throughout the opener, dropped serve again at 3-5 and threw away the set with a netted backhand.

    The 34-year-old German woke up for the second and it paid off with his first break of the day at 1-1. Gulbis double-faulted at deuce before some impressive defensive by Haas led to a botched overhead by the 109th-ranked Latvian on break point. An insurance break at 4-2 proved to be necessary because Haas failed to close out the set one game later. On his next chance, however, the No. 2 seed made no mistake at 5-4 to force a decider.

    Haas continued to have the upper hand throughout the third, but he could not get over the hump. The world No. 19 missed two break chances starting at 15-40 with Gulbis serving at 4-4. Haas took it one step further in his next return game, leading 0-40. Gulbis, though, won five points in a row--including one at 30-40 on an errant overhead by his opponent--for an improbable hold.

    Appropriately, a final tiebreaker had to decide it. Although Gulbis was no means the better the player during the 12 previous games, he caught fire when it mattered most. The qualifier came up with an incredible defensive point for a mini-break at 1-1 and extended his lead to 4-1 on a backhand dropper. Gulbis took care of his two service points starting at 5-2, clinching victory on his first match point when Haas sent a forehand long.

    "I'm really happy that I won," said the 2010 Delray Beach champion. "Maybe it wasn't the best day to play tennis (because of the wind), but we showed a good fight. I fought until the last point."

    Gulbis awaits either John Isner or Edouard Roger-Vasselin in Sunday's championship.

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It seems Gulbis has mastered the art of winning ugly. I noticed Haas got a warning for audible obscenity today while Gulbis got a point penalty for the same against Querrey the other day. How come Murray doesn't seem to get these though he can be heard cursing several times during many of his matches? Are the top players being given preferential treatment?

chr18 , 3/3/13 1:42 AM

Im sure murray has received warnings about obscenity before.(but not a point penalty like gulbis the other day) I don't know why gulbis chose to swear in English though. If he had done it in his native Latvian,he probably would have gotten away with it.(ferrer is another guy who constantly swears in Spanish,but never gets any warnings as most people cant understand him.)

tj600 , 3/3/13 1:51 AM

mental giant

RickyDimon , 3/3/13 6:50 AM

Gulbis should win but Vasselin can play an annoying style of no rhythm tennis that will bother Gulbis.

stratocast51 , 3/3/13 2:50 PM

As chr10-18 points out, Federer received no warnings for the four audible f-bombs in his beating Muzz laid on him at the AO.


Conspirator , 3/3/13 7:25 PM

There was 1. Hardly can be compared with Murray's usual antics.

chr18 , 3/3/13 10:41 PM

It was three Fed F-bombs actually...


Conspirator , 3/3/13 11:01 PM

Quote from the article you posted :"Murray, who also cursed frequently during the match as he often does"lol:)

chr18 , 3/4/13 2:32 AM

chr18 what is your point? If it is that top players are given preferential treatment, no one is saying it is not so. It is a known fact that Fed gets preferential scheduling, preferential draws, is not hauled up for using the F-word etc. All of us know it. We all agree with you. So what are you disputing?

holdserve , 3/4/13 5:45 AM

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