And another side, Ernests Gulbis famous for his power game which is an unique weapon he has. He thrashed Victor Triocki with 6-1 6-1 and set clash with Rafa today.
Rafa,the defending champion was in deep trouble in handling Gulbis aces and more accurate, more winners in the first set, and eventually lost the first set with 6-1.
In second set, Gulbis was about to break Nadal’s game, but at the end of the day the stronger one survives, here Rafa survived from loss. Rafa clinched second set 7-5.
In the decider, each of them playing really hard to win the match, of course they do play like that only. But what if you came to know that Gulbis has some 50+ winners against the KING OF CLAY who has just 10 winners,and 40+ unforced errors from this power guy where as Nadal has only 7 unforced errors. Suddenly you thought what the hell is going on, Rafa was in severe defensive mode. I can say Rafa has luck today to escape the loss today. He has his mental stability and never give up attitude helped Nadal in reaching quarters.
Gulbis spoiled his chances in three to four situations during the game, when he was having break point opportunities, he hit the ball firmly to the net, and his shot making was also just an average standard. He missed the drop shot at 4-4 and facing break point. That was turning point. Rafa didn’t look back after that and won the set, match 6-4.
“I was aggressive from the first point on, In the second set, he got into longer rallies and he slowly picked up into the match. I don’t know how good or bad he played… Against him, you have to win. This is why he is who he is.” – Ernests Gulbis
Meanwhile Paire upsets Juan Martin Delpotro.
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