Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lawn Tennis: Gulbis Is No Bad Player

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lawn Tennis: Gulbis Is No Bad Player

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ACE Novak Djokovic firmly believes Ernests Gulbis could go on to become one of the world's top players - after recording a straight-sets victory over the Latvian to reach the semi-finals of the French Open.

The No 3 seed took his time to stamp his authority on a match hampered by blustery winds and a heavy downpour, but found the winners when it mattered to claim a 7-5 7-6 (7/3) 7-5 win in three hours and seven minutes.

Gulbis' progress at Roland Garros has been one of the tournament's highlights, and he showed the extent of his burgeoning talent with a number of deft drop-shots.

Australian Open champion Djokovic feels his opponent has what it takes to reach the top.

He said: "He certainly has the potential to be one of the best players in the world in the coming months or years.

"I knew he was going to be aggressive and just go for the shots, so I was trying to be patient and just calm his game down."

Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal in the last four after the Spaniard romped to a 6-1 6-1 6-1 win over compatriot Nicolas Almagro on Philippe Chatrier Court. …

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