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Ernests Gulbis: “Like Floyd Mayweather said in his interview. Hard work and dedication. That's the key”

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TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 1st June 2014. E. Gulbis d. R. Federer 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. An interview with Ernests Gulbis

 

Q. You didn’t want to tell us earlier what your plan was. You said you didn’t want to reveal your cards. Now, can you tell us how you pulled that off?

ERNESTS GULBIS: I don’t know (smiling). The plan was to play more to his backhand and then with my backhand down the line to go for down the line shots. That was the main plan, you know, to not go too much to his forehand, because he has, you know, the nicest and the most dangerous forehand I think in the world.

Yeah, that was the plan. Plan is always to serve well. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes serve is half of the win already.

 

Q. Was it your back? I mean, you took a timeout.

ERNESTS GULBIS: Yeah, it was my back and the hamstring, they were getting a little bit tight.

Yeah, I’m honest, I’m not big on medical timeouts. I don’t like to take it, but I take it when it’s really necessary. It probably was my third medical timeout in life.

I didn’t want to take it in the fifth set, so I took it in the end of the fourth set. Unfortunately it was before his serve. I don’t like to do it, but I just had to do it. Otherwise I was scared a little bit to pull a muscle, and I had already a tear in the muscle in that area. So I just was being cautious.

 

Q. I think you said on court it was the best win of your career. Why would you say that?

ERNESTS GULBIS: Probably the most important, especially because it was five sets, you know, because I had    I beat him before, but it was a three set match, you know. So for my confidence and just for me as a tennis player, a five set win over Roger Federer, it’s really big.

 

Q. How important was the end of the second set? Do you think that was the key to the match?

ERNESTS GULBIS: There I was lucky, I have to say. I was really lucky then.

In the second set he had a smash and I guess the place, the place where he could    I don’t know, I guess I just didn’t move a lot. I stayed in one place. He smashed right onto me. So, yeah, that was a bit lucky.

 

Q. Do you consider this an upset, your win?

ERNESTS GULBIS: Yes, for sure. For sure. If you see the rankings, you see everything. It’s a big upset. It’s a big win for me.

 

Q. Do you think in any way knowing that the crowd here was waiting for any chance it could get to boo you, do you think that kept you on better behavior and maybe your focus tighter than sometimes it can be?

ERNESTS GULBIS: For sure I’m going to behave better here than I would behave in when it’s 10 people watching. Yeah, it’s a mental thing, for sure. This crowd is tough, you know. You have to keep your emotions more in line.

It actually helped me. You know, the less I talk the better I play. I need tough crowd.

 

Q. Do you actually think that the clay would be your best chance of winning a Grand Slam?

ERNESTS GULBIS: It’s too early for me to say. I like grass also. I like faster surfaces. For me it is all about ways to get used to the surface.

This year I was really happy that I had just one bad tournament on clay. It was Monte Carlo. Because usually, you know, I had two or three bad tournaments in the start of the clay court season.

And I just kept    I just started to go, you know, only for Rome and Madrid time usually. And now I started already to play well in Barcelona.

So this was really important for me. This was what I told my coach Gunther, I want to concentrate on the first tournament.

If I can win a Grand Slam, hopefully I can win a Grand Slam on any surface. But if it’s my best, I wouldn’t say that, no

 

Q. You have been improving on your game and your performance for the last year and a little bit more. What do you think is the key on these improvements, and what do you feel you need to improve more to achieve your further goals?

ERNESTS GULBIS: Hard work and dedication, like Floyd Mayweather said in his interview. Hard work and dedication. That’s the key.

 

Q. Floyd Mayweather?

ERNESTS GULBIS: Yes. These are good words. Hard work and dedication. It’s all about hard work. You cannot have good results without hard work. That’s what I understood.

What else I understood is that I start enjoy, you know, things much more if I did my work. I don’t enjoy life to the fullest if I didn’t do my whole life, my job, you know.

You know, this is for everybody of us. We did something good, we work hard for one week and then for sure on Saturday and Sunday we can enjoy that Saturday and Sunday much better.

Or if we stay at home, you know, drink beer all day and not do nothing, Saturday and Sunday, what, it comes again? We get drunk again. It’s only after hard work we can enjoy, we can enjoy life.

That’s what I found out.

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Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles tournament in London

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Former ATP Finals champions Jean Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horia Tecau from Romania beat 2019 year-end number 1 team Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-2 5-7 10-8 after 90 minutes in Max Mirnyi Group of the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London.

 

Tecau broke serve with a backhand crosscourt winner to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set. The Romanian player went up a double break with a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-2 to seal the opening set after 28 minutes.

Cabal and Farah did not convert any of their break points in the ninth game of the second set before breaking serve for the first time in the match two games later to claim the second set 7-5 forcing the match to the decisive set.

Rojer and Tecau went up a 6-2 lead in the Match Tie-Break. Cabal and Farah won four consecutive points to draw level to 6-6. Rojer and Tecau rallied from 7-8 down by winning three consecutive points to claim the Match Tie-Break 10-8.

Rojer and Tecau have now a 1-1 record in Group Max Mirnyi. The Dutch and Romanian team took the re-match against Cabal and Farah, who won their previous head-to-head clash in five sets at Wimbledon en route to their maiden Grand Slam doubles title.

“I am happy with our form. We lost the first match and knew we would need to bounce back against a very good team. We played a very good first set, prior to them making adjustments in the second set. We played a really good Match tie-break”, said Rojer.

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Wimbledon Finalist Tomas Berdych To Retire

Details have been released about a ‘special announcement’ being made by the former world No.4 later this week.

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LONDON: It has been confirmed that Tomas Berdych will travel to London where he is expected to formally announce his retirement from tennis at the age of 34.

 

The former world No.4 will address his future in the sport during a media engagement at the ATP Finals on Saturday. An event he has played six times during his career with his last appearance being back in 2015. News of Berdych’s upcoming departure was first reported by the Czech newspaper Blesk, who contacted his father.

“I think it will be a great end on Saturday,” Blesk quoted Martin Berdych as saying.

In the aftermath of the media report, Berdych took to social media to confirm that he will be making an announcement. Although he did not specify as to what it will be. The Czech hasn’t played on the tour since his first-round loss at the US Open due to injury. Overall, he has only managed to play 22 matches this season. Winning 13 of them.

“Hey guys, if you want a surprise don’t watch any media or social networks, but I know it is impossible these days,” Berdych said in a video uploaded to his Twitter account. “I know, these little mistakes happen.”
“I had it planned as a little surprise on Saturday where I’m going to be in London. But now it’s not even possible because it is all over (the news). It’s fine, more information is going to come on Saturday.” He added.

Speculation about Berdych’s retirement from the sport began to gain momentum in September following an interview with idnes.cz. Where he opened up about his struggles with both back and hip injuries.

Playing during the same era as the prestigious big Three of the sport (Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer), Berdych still managed to establish himself as one of the tour’s top players during his career. Winning 13 ATP titles in 32 finals he played in, including the 2005 Paris Masters. Berdych remains the youngest player in history to win a Masters 1000 title. He also finished seven consecutive seasons inside the world’s top 10 (2010-2016) and managed to remain inside the top 100 for an impressive 794 weeks (2004-2019).

Should Berdych retire on Saturday, he ends his career with 640 wins. Including 53 against top 10 opposition. He has featured in 61 grand slam main draws with his stand out performance being a run to the final of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.

Berdych has earned $29,491,328 in prize money. The ninth highest amount in the history of men’s tennis (as of 11th November 2019).

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ATP Finals 2019 Day 4 Preview: Medvedev Seeks Revenge Against Nadal

After a day of upsets in the Andre Agassi Group on Monday, will the surprises continue today?

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Sascha Zverev were both 0-5 respectively against Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal, yet both were victorious in the opening round.  Tsitsipas and Zverev will now compete to take the lead in the group, while Nadal and Medvedev compete the keep their advancement hopes alive. And for Rafa, the year-end No.1 ranking is also up for grabs between himself and Novak Djokovic.

 

Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Daniil Medvedev (4)

This is a rematch from the epic US Open final two months ago.  On that day in New York, Nadal was up two sets and a break, seemingly cruising to his 19th Major singles title.  But Medvedev would fight his way back to even the match, eventually succumbing to Rafa in a five-set, five-hour thriller.  Since that final, Nadal has battled multiple injuries, and has not completed any event he’s entered. Meanwhile the US Open was one of six straight consecutive finals for Medvedev, yet he’s now 0-2 over the past month.  Both Nadal and Medvedev admitted they were not at their best on Monday. Rafa is obviously not back to 100% after the abdominal injury he suffered in Paris less than two weeks ago. Jim Courier on Tennis Channel in the US said he’s never seen Nadal hit his forehand worse than he did on Monday.  And after taking some time off after his six straight finals, Medvedev has been struggling to rediscover his form, and said he’s been playing poorly in practice. Their only other previous match was also this summer, when Rafa dominated Daniil in the Rogers Cup final, dropping only three games. But judging by Rafa’s level against Zverev on Monday, I like Medvedev’s chances on an indoor hard court to secure his first win over Nadal.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (6) vs. Sascha Zverev (7)

This will be their fifth career meeting, with all of them occurring within the past 18 months.  Zverev claimed their first matchup last summer in Washington, but Tsitsipas has taken the last three, including most recently just last month in Beijing.  Their rivalry turned in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup last August, when Stefanos saved two match points in the second set tiebreak to come back and upset Sascha in three.  Tsitsipas has now won six of their last seven sets contested. While Zverev has been a better player since the Laver Cup in September, and served very well against Nadal on Monday, Sascha is still not quite at the level he reached a year ago when he won this event.  And Tsitsipas has been the much more confident competitor of the two throughout this year. Based on their head-to-head history and recent form, Tsitsipas should be favored to remain undefeated in the Andre Agassi Group. 

 

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