The Moment We Have Been Waiting For : Ernests Gulbis Captures His Maiden Title
It was the moment all Ernests Gulbis fans had been waiting for. The talented but erratic Latvian yesterday advanced beyond the semi-finals to reach an ATP singles final for the first time in his career. After years of waiting, of getting up in the early morning for first round matches that always ended in heartbreak, Gulbis finally looked like fulfilling some of his much talked about talent. Gulbis fans couldn’t be confident. He was coming up against the higher ranked, better known Ivo Karlovic. Knowing that Gulbis’s return is relatively limited, Gulbis fans didn’t expect much. Yet with Gulbis, fans have learnt by now to never expect anything.
For the first time in his career, Gulbis didn’t disappoint anyone this morning. There was no suspense as he cruised, coasted even, to his first ATP title. Ernests Gulbis played the kind of tennis this week that fans have been waiting years to see. He didn’t drop serve in his 6-2 6-3 win over Karlovic. He spent only one hour and twenty minutes on court. In fact, he didn’t drop a set at all in the Delray Beach International.
Better yet, this may not be a flash in the pan. Ernests Gulbis has talent for Africa, but is erratic, has lacked mental strength, and his dedication has been questioned. Last week he made the semi finals of Memphis before losing to Sam Querrey. This week he won a title. Things are finally looking up for the thousands of ‘Ernie’ supporters across the world. He certainly has the talent to win, as he showed today.
We all hope Gulbis continues this form and continues to climb in 2010. The likeable Latvian has nothing to lose, his fans have already proven that they will stick with him through thick and thin. Things are looking up, who knows what 2010 will hold. With Gulbis, there is only one thing certain. Nothing is certain.