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Gulbis wins his second ATP title in LA.


Ernests Gulbis had to come from behind before finally beating top seed Mardy Fish 5-7 6-4 6-4 in the final of the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles. The talented Latvian had made life hard for himself as handed the first set to Fish with a double fault, but held his nerve to claim the second with a single break. Gulbis then seemed to be storming to the title when he went 5-1 up in the third, but the American won three games in a row and then earned a break point for 5-5. Gulbis steadied himself though and claimed the game to seal his second ATP Tour title.



Gulbis shocks Del Potro to reach the Farmers Classic semi-final.


Ernests Gulbis caused a major shock as he beat second seed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-2 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the Farmers Classic. It was his first win in three meetings with the Argentinian, who struggled to make an impact on his opponent’s serve. Next up for Gulbis is Alex Bogomolov Jr, who beat fourth seed Thomaz Bellucci 1-6 6-4 6-1 to reach his first ATP Tour semi-final.

The other semi will be an all-American affair between the top seed Mardy Fish, who beat Igor Kunitsyn 6-2 6-4, and Ryan Harrison, a 3-6 6-3 6-4 winner over Lu Yen-hsun.


Juan Martin Del Potro booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles with a straight-sets win over James Blake.


The popular American battled hard and took the second set to a tie-break, but ultimately succumbed to a 6-4 7-6 (7/3) defeat. “It was a really tough match for me,” said Del Potro. I think I am still far away from the top 10 players. I know it’s a long road to get there.” Next up for Del Potro is Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, who claimed a 6-2 6-4 win over America’s Daniel Kosakowski.

It was a bad day for third seed Marcos Baghdatis who lost 6-3 6-4 to Lu Yen-hsun of Chinese Taipei. “I didn’t really expect this,” admitted Lu. “He’s a great player with a lost of titles. he has beaten a lot of guys. “I had a little advantage over him. I had one match behind me and he was playing his first match since Wimbledon.”

There was also a straight-sets win for Ryan Harrison, who beat fellow American Michael Russell 6-3 6-4.


“I’ve never even played a Challenger on clay, but I’m getting more comfortable by the match.

The 20-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., defeated Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters tennis event Tuesday. The contest between two of the game’s top young guns was another stern test for Raonic, who is playing in his first ATP event on clay. Raonic held his nerve in a struggle lasting just over 90 minutes, failing to serve out the win despite holding three match points. But he calmly broke his emotional Latvian opponent a game later before clinching the victory.

In fact, the 34th-ranked Raonic earned the victory in style with his eighth ace. He finished with 21 winners and registered breaks on all four of his chances against Gulbis, who is ranked 30th in the world and tossed his racket in frustration at times. “I’m still learning every day on clay,” said Raonic. “I’ve never even played a Challenger on it but I’m getting more comfortable by the match. “I have confidence and believe I can win. But I have to keep control of myself. I have a good team of people around me who make sure I do that. I won’t want my ego to get ahead of my tennis, that will only slow my progress.”

Raonic will play the winner of the match between Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and fourth-seed David Ferrer. Raonic lost to Ferrer in the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open.



“In the past few months I’ve played pretty good against the French guys,” Troicki said.

Viktor Troicki continued to be a nemesis for French players when he knocked out last year’s finalist Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals of the Sydney International on Thursday. The Serbian fourth seed was too strong for Gasquet, winning 6-4, 6-4 in 77 minutes to set up a Friday semi-final with Germany’s Florian Mayer. Troicki became a national hero when he swept Serbia to an historic first Davis Cup title in easing past Michael Llodra in straight sets in the fifth and deciding rubber in Belgrade last month.

“In the past few months I’ve played pretty good against the French guys,” Troicki said. “Surprisingly I beat them in straight sets. “It’s going good and hopefully I can continue. It’s not easy to play against them, but for me, I guess it suits me.”

In Friday’s other semifinal Frenchman Gilles Simon will play Ernests Gulbis, the Latvian third seed. “I thought I had the match under control and I had a break in the second set,” Troicki said. “Richard started playing better and started playing some really great shots. “Luckily, at the end I broke him and served it out. So it was a tough one. I mean, he’s an ex-top 10 player.” Mayer cruised to a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 victory over Italian Potito Starace.

Simon, who was hindered by a persistent right knee injury for the first half of last year, wore down Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-3 to set up a last-four shot at Gulbis. Simon, who reached the quarterfinals of the 2009 Australian Open, continued his fine tournament after ousting Taiwan’s eighth seed Lu Yen-Hsun and Portugal’s Frederico Gil to line up against Gulbis. The former world number six said he was now trussing his right knee after suffering chronic inflammation which forced him out of last year’s French Open. “I’m really happy to play without any pain, because a lot of time I had something,” Simon said. “It’s now two months that I can work on it normally without thinking about it. I’m not thinking any more about where I’m going to put my feet or anything. Just run.”

Gulbis worked his way into the semi-finals after beating Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-4. Gulbis said he pulled up badly from his previous day’s win over Russian Igor Andreev. “Yesterday’s match killed me physically,” he said. “It was really humid and I lost a lot of fluids, so I went straight to the hotel and I went to sleep. I didn’t feel good. “This morning I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play, but at the start of the match I felt really good.

“I will do some treatment. I will go to have a bath, ice massage, whatever it takes. I’m going to be okay tomorrow. “I just can’t go really long matches (but) don’t tell Simon.” Gulbis is the top-ranked seed left in the Sydney draw, after Wednesday’s exit of US top seed Sam Querrey and the injury-enforced withdrawal of defending champion and second seed Marcos Baghdatis.


Del Porto says he needs time to regain his form.

Juan Martin del Potro continued his comeback on the ATP World Tour circuit Monday, but sixth-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez proved too strong in a 6-3, 6-0 victory in 82 minutes at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships. “It is difficult to come back and play against these players, especially Feliciano on such a fast court,” admitted del Potro. “I need time, I need to work on a few things to get back to my best level. If I work in a good way, I will be in good shape in a month or so.”

Lopez hit 11 aces and saved 11 of 12 break point opportunities to record his third straight win over del Potro, who returned to competitive tennis after an eight-month absence at the PTT Thailand Open last week. Lopez, who won the SA Tennis Open at Johannesburg (d. Robert) in February, improved to a 25-19 match record on the season.

“When you are away for as long as Juan has been, it takes time to get back to your best level, but I have no doubt that he will be one of the top players again soon,” said Lopez. “These courts really suit my style, they are very fast.” Del Potro added, “He knows my game well, he has beaten me the last three times. He played well today, never missed his forehand. I played sometimes good, sometimes not so good.”

Russian Dmitry Tursunov, who has undergone three left ankle surgeries and dropped outside of the Top 400, did not face a break in earning a confidence-boosting 6-3, 6-4 victory over seventh seed Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in 74 minutes. Gulbis reached the Bangkok quarter-finals (l. to Garcia-Lopez) last week and dropped to a 29-17 season record.


Gulbis, Melzer and Becker advance in Bangkok.

Ernests Gulbis came through a marathon battle with Rainer Schuettler to seal his place in the third round of the Thailand Open in Bangkok. The fourth seeded Latvian took the first set 7-4 in the tie-break, but his German opponent hit back by doing the same in the second. But Gulbis did just enough in the decider to finally win a match that lasted just short of three hours.

Third seed Jurgen Melzer enjoyed a more comfortable passage through as he beat David Sela 6-3 6-4 while Daniel Brands overcame a second set wobble to knock out sixth seed Thiemo De Bakker 7-6 (7-2) 1-6 7-6 (9-7).

Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat France’s Florent Serra 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 7-5. In the day’s only first round game Germany’s Benjamin Becker was a 6-1 6-4 victor over compatriot Mischa Zverev. Becker will now meet number two seed Fernando Verdasco.


Gulbis returns to action after a hamstring injury at RG.

Ernests Gulbis marked his return from injury with a straight-sets win in the first round of the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles.

The Latvian, out since May with a hamstring injury suffered at the French Open, saw off Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko 7-5 7-5.

“It was a tough win because I didn’t feel the ball really well today,” the fifth seed told the ATP World Tour’s offical website.

“Today’s match I didn’t care how I played. I just wanted to win whatever score, to get some wins going. If I play more matches I’m going to get better.”

Sixth seed Janko Tipsarevic enjoyed a gentle run-out as he beat Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo 6-1 6-0.

Rainer Schuettler also progressed courtesy of Horacio Zeballos’ retirement.

The German was a set and 3-0 ahead when his opponent was forced off court with a shoulder injury.

Dudi Sela won the day’s late game, claiming a 6-1 4-6 6-3 victory over Belgium’s Xavier Malisse.


Benneteau moves on as Gulbis forced to withdraw.

Gulbis was a seeded casualty on Sunday’s opening day of the tournament – being forced to quit his clash with Julien Benneteau while two sets down.

The 23rd seed appeared to tweak muscle in his upper thigh during the second set, although by that stage he was already a set and a break down against an opponent playing some impressive tennis.

The Frenchman has been inspired by playing at his home Grand Slam in the past – he made the quarter-finals here in 2006 – and that was the case again as he took the first set 6-4.

Gulbis tried to fight on after lengthy treatment in the locker room but was unable to prvent Benneteau winning the second set 6-2.

And when Gulbis was broken in the opening game of the third set he decided enough was enough and offered his hand to his opponent.


Federer wins one as more Women seeds fall in Madrid.

Roger Federer reached the third round of the Madrid Masters following a 6-2 7-6 (7-4) victory over Germany’s Benjamin Becker.

Top seed Federer broke Becker’s opening service game and then broke the German again to close out the first set.

Becker fought back well in the second set and survived two match points at 6-5 and another in the tiebreak before losing to his Swiss opponent.

Briton Andy Murray plays against Juan Ignacio Chela on Wednesday.

Federer, 28, has made the final in three of the past four years, also winning in 2006, but has not claimed a title since lifting his 16th grand slam at the Australian Open in January.

Argentine Chela booked his meeting with Murray having barely broken sweat after first-round opponent Pablo Cuevas retired during their match with just two games played.

Meanwhile, Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis beat Estoril Open champion Albert Montanes of Spain 7-5 6-1.

Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis recorded a 6-3 6-4 win over Marco Chiudinelli and 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka beat Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-4 6-4.

In the women’s competition, second seed Caroline Wozniacki fell 6-2 6-3 to Alona Bondarenko in the second round.

Other seeds also fell on Tuesday. Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder fought back from a set down to beat number nine Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6 6-4 6-4, while Anabel Medina Garrigues eased past number 12 Marion Bartoli 6-2 6-0.

Number 14 seed Flavia Pennetta suffered a 7-6 6-3 defeat to Andrea Petkovic.

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