• Haas defeats bad-tempered Gulbis for Munich quarters

    5/3/13 2:38 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Haas defeats bad-tempered Gulbis for Munich quarters Germany's Tommy Haas secured a win over temperamental Latvian Ernests Gulbis to earn a spot in the quarterfinals in Munich.

    There were a few glimpses of brilliance from Ernests Gulbis, but a poor third set cost the world No. 47 a chance to advance to the final weekend of play at the BMW Open with Haas winning 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1.

    The first two sets were at least competitive from Gulbis. He didn't make a dent on the Haas serve in the first set, but the two men traded breaks of serve in the second to force a tiebreaker.

    Haas missed a few crucial backhands to give Gulbis a series of mini-breaks. The German earned one of them back, but Gulbis was too far in front for Haas to make up the difference.

    The victory was short-lived, however. The Gulbis forehand disintegrated in the deciding set. He began to spray errors all over the place and became increasingly more agitated as the third got away from him.

    Haas will take on Florian Mayer in the quarterfinals.

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In spite of his protestations to the contrary, Gulbis is still a tennis dilettante. What a contrast to Tommy who is living proof of what can be achieved by total dedication to the sport in spite of all the set backs and injuries he has endured.

ed251137 , 5/3/13 7:23 AM

Gulbis broke 1 racket in the 3rd set. Nothing else bad the entire match other than poor play.

someone probably hacked Cheryl and wrote this headline

RickyDimon , 5/3/13 8:01 AM

He was in a bad temper for the entire third set. Nothing like Monte Carlo, of course, but he was swearing and disgruntled.

I didn't say he was furious.

cherylmurray , 5/3/13 2:08 PM

I's already posted a comment on the other Gulbis/Haas (before I'd read Cheryl's report) voicing the opinion that Gulbis was sullen throughout the match.

Anyway, what's with the sudden defense of Ernie? Usually Ricky hasn't a good word to say about him.

ed251137 , 5/3/13 2:43 PM

ed, I believe you are mistaken. I think ricky's a fan of gulbis actually...

tj600 , 5/3/13 2:47 PM

just stating the facts. 1 racket is 1 racket.

RickyDimon , 5/3/13 3:03 PM

Back in 2008 it's true Ricky was quite a fan. But he was quickly disallusioned when it became apparent Gulbis was not the best thing since sliced bread.

ed251137 , 5/3/13 3:05 PM

Back in 2008 showed an exceptional level of talent .... the promise has gone almost entirely unfulfilled. Short of a nearly miraculous turn-around that will remain the case until he retires. Alas. Still great to watch in some of his matches.

chlorostoma , 5/3/13 3:40 PM

Gulbis isn't going to do anything in this sport. He has had years to achieve something, but he is unwilling to put in the hard work and effort. Talent alone is not enough. He is a spoiled rich kid who never had to work for anything in his life and he's not about to start now.

He may be great to watch when he decides to actually play some good tennis, but it's not anywhere near consistent enough to be worthwhile.

Nativenewyorker , 5/3/13 8:14 PM

yes Gulbis wasted a lot of talent, but you don't get to Top 30 in the world in anything without some seriously hard work.

if what NNY says is true, then Gulbis is BY FAR the most talented athlete in the history of all sports. Period.

RickyDimon , 5/3/13 8:25 PM


So you think with all that talent that getting to Top 30 is an accomplishment? He could have easily been in the Top 10 or even Top 5 if he actually worked hard and concentrated on tennis.

Oh and no I am not saying that Gulbis is BY FAR the most talented athlete in history and you know it.

Nativenewyorker , 5/3/13 9:54 PM

By his own admission Gulbis HAS NOT always put in the hard work: he said recently he only started to take his career seriously last year.

ed251137 , 5/4/13 12:10 AM


Thank you! I rest my case!

Nativenewyorker , 5/4/13 1:00 AM

ed215537 12:10 AM - what's your point? 5-year-olds know that in general Gulbis doesn't work very hard.

doesn't have anything to do with my previous comment.

RickyDimon , 5/4/13 5:42 AM

Nativenewyorker 9:54 PM - the only thing I disagree with in that comment is that Gulbis easily could have been No. 1 in the world, not just Top 5 or 10.

so I'm not sure how we are disagreeing aside from the fact that you either didn't read my comment at 8:25 or just decided to take it completely out of context just for the sake of argument.

RickyDimon , 5/4/13 5:46 AM


What I disagreed with was your statement that if what I say is true, then Gulbis is BY FAR the most talented athlete in the history of all sports. Period! I do not agree with that statement.

I am not taking anything completely out of context just for the sake of argument.

Nativenewyorker , 5/4/13 5:55 AM

@ricky, 8:25pm, 5/3
"...yes Gulbis wasted a lot of talent, but you don't get to Top 30 in the world in anything without some seriously hard work."

Totally agree with you. If we were to consider how low Gulbis had dropped in the rankings before getting back into the top 30, then it's reasonable to assume that he had to have put in some seriously hard work to get to where he's presently ranked. For any athlete cracking into the top 50, is an achievement. Just look at how Djokovic jumped from top 30 to No.17 and then to No.3 in 2007.

I don't understand why some posters are claiming that he needs a miraculous turn-around. slow and steady won the race, said the tortoise to the hare. So too, it will be for Gulbis, who only needs to post some great results in one tournament to crack top 20 in the ranking. JJ is a good example, and as previously stated, Djokovic also.

scoretracker , 5/4/13 7:09 AM

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