Gulbis loses in French Open quarterfinal match

Ernest Gulbis, the first tennis player from Latvia to make it into the quarterfinals of the French Open, lost June 3 in three sets 5-7, 6-7 and 7-5 to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in Paris.

The 19-year-old Gulbis was the master of speed, according to match statistics reported on the official Web site of the French Open. His fastest serve was 218 kmh, compared to 208 kmh for Djokovic. Gulbis also recorded higher average speeds for his first and second serves.

But Djokovic, a longtime friend of Gulbis’ and the No. 3 singles player, nonetheless proved more patient. He recorded only one double fault, compared to seven for Gulbis. And the Latvian had 60 unforced errors, while Djokovic had 36.

The game lasted 3 hours and 7 minutes in less than ideal conditions, according to media reports. Play was hampered by wind and rain.

For Gulbis, the French Open is over. Djokovic heads to the semifinals.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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