With Roger-Vasselin serving for the set at 5-4, Gulbis gets peevish with the result that he begins to play his best tennis, getting the break back and eventually taking the tie breaker, 7-3....and Gulbis easily cruises through the second set, 6-3, to take his third career title. Seeing as how he had to win three qualifying matches to get in the main draw of the tournament, this has been a long, but fruitful week. Ernests may be tired going into Indian Wells, but as he lost in the first round last year, he has no points to defend. Incidentally, this is one of the very few ATP tournament finals ever to be contested by players outside the top 100 rankings (Edouard, 105; Ernests, 109), though both men are safely inside now. Pleased as punch, I am.
LOL I came on here just see your comments on Ernests. I was not disappointed
By nature of facing each other in the quarterfinals, Roger and Rafa have the toughest draws, but with the top 16 such a good group of players, no one will have an easy time winning this tournament. Slow-ish surface and thin air likely means that the race will go to the most fit and the best prepared.
Yea, I went against him in the first round just thinking about all the matches he has had to play the past two weeks. Good win for him taking out Lopez.
He was the #1 seed among qualifiers at Indian Wells, so with the points he will get for his win against Lopez, he has almost certainly seen his last qualification round for awhile. Very good news indeed.
If he has any gas left in the tank at all, Tipsarevic might be interesting as Janko has been in a slump lately (4 straight losses), and one would think that Ernests is the sort of player who just might get under Tipsarevic's skin.
Sanchez is uncompetitive against Radwanska, so we have another 6-2, 6-1 blow out on the women's side. To Agnieszka's credit, she is trying to add more aggression to her game. The jury is out until she plays someone on her own level, but I think she's got the right idea.