26 Feb Return to Form: A Recommitted Gulbis set to take on No. 3 seed Querrey
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by By Romana Cvitkovic
In the featured Wednesday evening match, No. 3 seed Sam Querrey will take on one of the trickiest opponents on Tour, 2010 ITC champ Ernests Gulbis in the second round.
Though Gulbis may currently sit at No. 109 in the rankings, the 24-year-old Latvian held a career-high ranking of 21 exactly two years ago. It has also been two years since he last played against Querrey, and he will be looking to even out his current losing head-to-head against the American, 1-2.
Controversial and outspoken, yet a solid player when he aims to be, Gulbis has started the year off with a vengeance. He skipped the Australian Open in order to better prepare for the season, and has had to come through qualifying in Delray this year because of his low ranking. Playing inspired tennis against Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych over the last two weeks in Rotterdam and Marseille, both top 10 players have stated that he’s a very tricky player to play against.
As the young Latvian has been known to easily break down his opponent’s rhythm, Querrey will need to focus on his game and keep his cool when he takes on Gulbis. The 25-year-old American is looking to best his previous Delray Beach showing when he reached the semifinals in 2008.
Gulbis has recently admitted to getting more focused for the 2013 season and, yesterday in Delray Beach, said that his “goal is to really win something big.” Perhaps a win over world No. 23 Querrey would announce his recommitted return to tennis.