Gulbis dominates in Delray

•March 1, 2010 • 17 Comments

Ernests cut gigantic Ivo Karlovic down to size in straight sets to win his first career title in Delray Beach.

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Finnish victory catapults Ernests into first career final

•February 28, 2010 • 10 Comments

Nine aces and – believe it or not – a cool head under pressure helped Ernests to overcome a stubborn opponent and a three-hour rain delay before securing a spot in his first-ever ATP final in Delray Beach.

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Gulbis goes down fighting

•February 21, 2010 • 11 Comments

Ernests may have been sent packing in the semifinals of Memphis but also began to display a much overdue sense of purpose and passion on court.

While in previous years the furthest Ernests went to acknowledge his own good play was with a wry smile, today he roared “C’mon!” each time a rifled winner found its target.

He was also prone to fold mentally instead of gutting it out through difficult patches, but recorded come-from-behind wins this week despite being a heavy underdog.

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Ernests defies odds to smash quarterfinal curse in Memphis

•February 20, 2010 • 13 Comments

The long wait for a three-match winning streak is over after Ernests showed astonishing fortitude in his hard-fought victory over Tomas Berdych today.

He clawed back from 2:5 down in the final set and pushed through pain from a recurring knee injury.

The three-set victory propelled him into his first Tour-level semifinal since his ATP debut in St Petersburg in 2006.

Much like Ernests, the fifth-seeded Berdych is also a talented power hitter whose tumultuous inconsistency has hindered him from fulfilling his fearsome potential.

A match between two men of such similar temperament therefore was bound to be a Russian roulette of sorts, with both players alternately firing bullets and blanks.

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Gulbis falters on the yellow brick road

•January 19, 2010 • 14 Comments

At times during his opening match in Melbourne, Ernests looked like he was wishing that he, too, had a pair of ruby slippers to spirit him away from Oz.

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Thunderbolt kid pushes top seed

•January 8, 2010 • 17 Comments

Like a modern-day Thor, Ernests wielded his racquet like a turbo-powered hammer, thundering down lightning bolts of first serves past Roger Federer for most of their quarterfinal match in Doha.

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Doha dreams to kick off 2010

•November 26, 2009 • 18 Comments

Ernests will play his first tournament of 2010 in the glittering desert city of Doha, the host of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

The tournament boasts a formidable entry list, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Nikolay Davydenko headlining the field.

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