Latvian Gulbis into his first grand slam semifinal

ALISON WILLIAMS
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

Tennis

Roger Federer impersonates other tennis greats for Mercedes-Benz role Marina Erakovic to play China's Yafan Wang at US Open Lay off the synthetic grass kids, warns Tennis NZ performance coach Rio Olympics 2016: Andy Murray puts BBC presenter John Inverdale right Andy Murray becomes first tennis player to win two Olympic singles gold medals New Zealand tennis player Ben McLachlan finishes runner up at Aptos Challenger tournament Wilding Park has been given the all clear to host next month's Davis Cup tie between NZ and Pakistan Rio Olympics 2016: Juan Martin del Potro beats Rafael Nadal to set up tennis final with Andy Murray Rio Olympics 2016: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal scrape into tennis semifinals Rain, rain, go away: All 26 Rio Olympics tennis matches postponed

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