A highly entertaining clash between youngsters Jerzy Janowicz (Player Bio) and Ernests Gulbis (Player Bio) takes place tomorrow afternoon in the Stockholm Open quarter-finals. This is the third time these two athletes meet on the professional tour and have split their previous two meetings. Considering their impressive performances in 2013, this may likely be the most significant encounter between them yet. Check out the Janowicz vs Gulbis Head to Head.
Jerzy Janowicz needed only 59 minutes to breeze past his opening round contest against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The Polish star dropped three games en route to his 6-2, 6-1 win as he looks to cover lost ground after his disappointing US Open exit. The World No. 15 is unlikely to qualify for the ATP Tour Finals yet will be looking to complete the year with his highest season-end ranking to date and will need to continue to storm through his opposition in the Stockholm Open to secure that spot. His crafty opponent Ernests Gulbis is certainly a tough challenge for the big-serving Pole, particularly when at his best.
The fifth-seeded Gulbis reached his fourth ATP quarter-final of the season this afternoon when he defeated Igor Sijsling at the Stockholm Open. The win was a relatively quick 6-3, 7-6(3), which lasted 79 minutes. Gulbis has already won two ATP titles this year (Delray Beach Open & St. Petersburg Open) and will be looking for his third title of the season, a record for the Latvian. He has since risen 10 spots in the rankings and is now one spot away from finishing in the top 25 for the first time in his career.
Janowicz and Gulbis have actually met four times in their career, but only one of those contest took place in an ATP main draw (Wimbledon 2012). Their last meeting was a three set encounter in the Winston-Salem qualifying round, where the Latvian was victorious. Prior to that, Janowicz had reached the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in his career, when he defeated Gulbis 9-7 in the fifth set. They have also met in the Davis Cup, where Gulbis was also victorious, this time for his Latvian team in the second rubber. While their most recent match was over a year ago, this is still a highly competitive contest and a challenging task for both men. The odds may currently favour Gulbis considering his recent achievements on the tour.