Gulbis Reaches First Career ATP World Tour Final in Delray Beach
February 27, 2010 · Print This Article
Talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis, who has been touted throughout his brief career by many tennis pundits as the future of men’s tennis, reached hisfirst ATP World Tour final on Saturday in Delray Beach, Florida by defeating Jarrko Nieminen 6-4, 6-4.
Breaking serve on three occasions, Gublis won 85 percent of his first serve points while striking nine aces during the one hour and 13 minute contest.
Reaching the semifinals in Memphis, TN last week, Gulbis’ form thus far in 2010 has been pale in comparison to his lackluster efforts of last year.
Winning back-to-back matches on only two occasions last season, Gulbis saw his ranking plummet out of the top 100 in August.
Regaining a top 75 ranking by reaching the final four in Memphis, Gulbis will have an opportunity to join the top 50 if he is victorious in Sunday’s final.
Awaiting the winner of Mardy Fish vs. Ivo Karlovic, Gulbis currently stands at 9-4 on the season.