Latvian Gulbis into his first grand slam semifinal

Last updated 05:59 04/06/2014
Ernsts Gulbis
Getty Images

FIST-PUMPING: Ernsts Gulbis pumps his fist after defeating Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.

Relevant offers


Michael Venus and Mate Pavic claim big doubles scalp at ATP tournament in Stockholm Rafael Nadal puts end to 2016 season because of left wrist injury Tennis ban rules Nick Kyrgios out of contention for top Australian award Nick Kyrgios snubs Rotterdam Open to play celebrity basketball game Finalist Jack Sock to return to Auckland for ASB Classic in January Pro tennis player banned, fined for match-fixing Nick Kyrgios must get fitter to stop meltdowns: Todd Woodbridge Banned Kyrgios could quit without proper support - Former Wimbledon champ ASB Classic organisers confident Serena Williams will be fit for tournament Nick Kyrgios out of reach of Tennis Australia help - Todd Woodbridge

Even Tomas Berdych's loud shirt was not enough to silence the swashbuckling Ernests Gulbis at the French Open on Tuesday (local time), with the Latvian skittling out the sixth seed 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the quarter-finals.

Reformed playboy Gulbis, 18th seed on the Paris clay, extended his winning run after downing Swiss master Roger Federer in five sets in the previous round to reach a grand slam semi-final for the first time.

Czech Berdych, in his now familiar blue and white flowered shirt, seemed short of shots and ideas to squash the newly focused Gulbis who, at 25, has declared this season his "last train" for success after admitting wasting his talent since his breakthrough in 2007.

Gulbis peppered his play with almost casual-looking winners at times, as well as spirited exchanges with the umpire over contested calls, to set up a meeting with Serbian second seed Novak Djokovic in the last four.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content