With Mr Gulbis you never know what you are going to get. The Latvian is a former semi-finalist back in 2014 just to make us all feel old but it was the continued rise of the man from Oslo Casper Ruud who got the win today.
His clay court tennis has been exceptional to watch this year with a good run in Houston and Rome of late and earlier on in the year in Rio where he made the final.
It wasn’t routine for the 20 year old but it was pretty much untroubled.
Like I said with Ernests is you never know what you are going to get, he is super talented but there just isn’t that desire I feel.
Casper running to a 6-2 lead wasn’t a surprise. I was impressed with how he served and majority of the time looked to get the forehand into play immediately after and it worked well for him breaking down Gulbis and pushing the former semi-finalist further behind the court.
I always expect a slight comeback from him as he is too good to just roll over and he got himself to a tie-break but Casper just wanted it more.
There was a slight concern at 3-0 in the third set when we had a bit of a delay whilst we waited for the trainer with what looked like an issue with Ruud’s hand but they only had a chat and before you know it the Norwegian was serving for a place in the second round for the second consecutive year and secured a good win on day 1.