Ernests Gulbis has been unpredictable at times on the ATP World Tour but has certainly had his fair share of notable moments in 2013, including a boost into the Top 30 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. His rise through the ranks has prompted the Latvian No. 1 to increase his expectations for himself in 2014, stating that he would like to become the newest member of the coveted ATP Top 10.
The 25 year old began 2013 ranked No. 138 in the Emirates ATP Rankings but an impressive streak would see him win the Delray Beach title as a qualifier and his first European title in St. Petersburg to close out the year in the Top 30 for the first time since 2010. His week in Rotterdam has boosted him to his career-high of No. 23 and he will be looking to continue the upward trend.
“My ambition this year is to reach the Top 10 [of the ATP Rankings],” said Gulbis. “It is a big goal. I did well in the [ATP World Tour] 250s, winning two titles, but I need to do better in the Masters 1000s and go deeper in the Grand Slams.”
Gulbis defeated both Grigor Dimitrov and defending champion Juan Martin del Potro last week in Rotterdam, a surprising result considering his “ugly” match the previous round against Denis Istomin. He is currently partaking in the Marseille Open, where is seeded alongside Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andreas Seppi.