Following an impressive straight sets victory over defending champion Juan Martin del Potro, Ernests Gulbis is through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final this season, where he will now face Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych for a spot in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final. This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the tour, with Berdych leading the head-to-head series 3-2.
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych took part in the tougher of the two quarter-final contests, as he failed to convert several set points in the opening frame, allowing Janowicz to take the set in a tiebreak. Each of the two competitors hit 13 aces throughout the match, yet the difference came in the first and second serve percentages, which Berdych managed to control more consistently. He would snatch the following two sets to win the match 6-7(9), 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 28 minutes to advance his perfect head-to-head series against the Pole to 3-0.
“It was a tough match, especially from the beginning when I did not feel comfortable on the court,” said Berdych”. Jerzy plays aggressive and really fast, taking some of the control of the game from me. I didn’t feel that good on the court, but I found my rhythm and hit the ball cleanly after the first set.”
Latvian No. 1 Ernests Gulbis took part in the upset of the day when he dismantled defending champion and top seeded Juan Martin del Potro to advance to the semi-final stage in Rotterdam. Gulbis his 12 aces to del Potro’s 5 and saved the one break point he faced throughout the match. The Argentine, who was clearly suffering his wrist injury, was unable to push his first serve percentage past 68%, while Gulbis served at 82%. Eventually, the match came down to two breaks for Gulbis, one in each set, ending 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 21 minutes.
On Saturday, Tomas Berdych and Ernests Gublis will meet for the sixth time on the professional tour, with the third seed leading the series with three victories, including their most recent encounter in Marseille. Berdych is 2-1 in hard court competition, yet they are 1-1 on indoor surfaces, with both being tight three set encounters. This will likely be the case tomorrow afternoon, as both competitors will be looking to secure their first ATP World Tour final of the season. While Gulbis is capable of pulling off the upset victory, his unpredictability makes him a wary choice for tomorrow’s contest.
All their previous matches and stats also here: Berdych v Gulbis H2H and stats
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Three Sets