• Gublis dismantles Tipsarevic, Federer through easily

    3/10/13 1:36 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Gublis dismantles Tipsarevic, Federer through easily Ernests Gulbis continued his impressive form in Indian Wells with another rout of a seeded player, the victim this time No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic. World No. 2 Roger Federer also breezed through his second round match.

    Ernests Gulbis (Q) def. Janko Tipsarevic (9) 6-2, 6-0

    It was another win over a seed for qualifier Ernests Gulbis. The Latvian demolished Janko Tipsarevic to move into the third round in Indian Wells. Though Gulbis played well enough, the lop-sided scoreline was more a testament to Tipsarevic's horrific play than anything Gulbis did with his racket. The Serb, who has struggled mightily with form over the past month, donated the match to Gulbis with 3 winners and a whopping 19 unforced errors in the brief match.

    Gulbis, who already upset Feliciano Lopez in the first round, moves into the third round against Italian clay-courter Andreas Seppi.

    Roger Federer (2) def. Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-3

    It was a routine opening match for Switzerland's Roger Federer. The Swiss barely needed to get out of second gear for his straight sets victory over Uzbekistan's Istomin.

    Federer didn't face a single break point in the 58-minute victory. The Swiss, appearing well at home on the hard courts of the first Masters of the season, executed his game without any hitches, while Istomin struggled with the Swiss man's depth of shot and pace off the ground.

    Federer finished the match with 3 aces and 2 double faults. He will take on Ivan Dodig of Croatia in the third round.

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It seems probable, Cheryl, that whilst you wrote the article, someone else created the heading. Someone with a different view of the Gulbis effort in the match. I suspect that if you'd written the heading, it might have read "Tipsarevic self-destructs" rather than "Gulbis dismantles Tipsarevic", as you go on to write "The Serb ... donated the match...".

I agree with the commentators, who said amongst other things " Janko is not playing badly - just has no answers to this", "Janko being utterly smoked here", and "truly brilliant" of Gulbis. Did you notice, Cheryl, how many of the 14 Gulbis winners were returns of first serves ?

Finally, you opened your first paragraph with this sentence - "It was another win over a seed for qualifier Ernests Gulbis". What other seed ? Were you perhaps referring to his defeat of both Haas and Querrey in Delray Beach ? Surely if you'd wanted to give some context to the current Gulbis run, all you needed to do was report that this was his 12th consecutive win in 15 days.

lwalters , 3/10/13 9:00 PM

Janko was terrible. Gulbis was good. I understand that you are a Gulbis fan, but the truth is that Tipsarevic was so bad, he'd have made anyone look good. THREE winners in two sets? That's horrific even by Futures standards.

cherylmurray , 3/10/13 9:45 PM

thanks cheryl.

rfzr , 3/10/13 10:02 PM

I don't think tipsarevic played badly. He managed to make 79 % of his first serves(which is unbelievable for most players) But gulbis was returning so well,that he was still able to break him regularly. This returning from gulbis,was MAKING tipsarevic go for more at the baseline,which put more pressure on him and hence lead to those unforced errors. As for tipsarevics low number of winners, gulbis simply out hit tipsarevic from the baseline(I would expect that, as gulbis has a bigger game than tipsarevic)

tj600 , 3/11/13 1:01 AM

there is nothing you can do when Gulbis decides to play tennis. The scoreline would have been the same even if Tipsy had shown up.

Just ask Robredo.

RickyDimon , 3/11/13 2:02 AM

Too much hype. Maybe he will beat a rusty Rafa but I doubt that even on his best day he could beat an in-form Nole or an in-form Muzza on HC or an in-form Rafa on clay. At best he is top 10, probably top 20 material.

holdserve , 3/11/13 2:19 AM

The fact is that Tipsy did not show up and he has not shown up for a while now. Just ask Tursunov.

cherylmurray , 3/11/13 2:36 AM

holdserve - don't get carried away. just ask lloydwalters.

RickyDimon , 3/11/13 5:18 AM

Oh Ricky, I am not getting carried away. You are!

holdserve , 3/11/13 6:41 AM

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