Ernests Gulbis 2015 nightmare has finally taken a turn following his straight sets win against Donald Young in the third round of the Rogers Cup. Gulbis, who reached the final of the 2014 French Open, has only won 5 out of 22 main draw matches coming into the Masters tournament (23% win rate).
His poor performance has lead to him tumbling down the rankings to 87th in the world, 77 places below his career high 14 months ago. Despite these disappointments, the Latvian is now on a five-match winning streak after coming through two qualification rounds.
Prior to his third round victory, Gulbis stunned rapidly rising star Dominic Thiem in the first round and Lukáš Rosol in the second. Facing Young, Gulbis fired 27 winners, which was counterbalanced with 27 unforced errors during his 6-4, 6-4, victory.
He will play in his first Masters quarter-final since the 2014 Madrid Open. The trio of victories in Toronto is the first time that Gulbis has produced three back-to-back main draw wins since the 2014 French Open. His award for the achievement will be a quarter-final showdown against world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic booked his place in the last eight with a dominant victory over America’s Jack Sock. Gulbis has played the Serbian six times since 2008 and has only beaten him once (Brisbane International 2009).