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Gulbis sinks Del Potro in Wimbledon shocker

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Latvian tennis player Ernests Gulbis sprang a Wimbledon surprise as the world number 589 defeated former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro - 6:4, 6:4, 7:6 (7:3) on Thursday.

Gulbis will face three-time champion Novak Djokovic in the third round after scoring his best result in three years.

The 28-year-old Latvian was ranked in the top 10 in 2014 -- the year he beat Roger Federer en route to the French Open semi-finals.

Since then, Gulbis has slumped badly and his Wimbledon opening round win over Victor Estrella, was his first on tour in 13 months, a decline which has seen his ranking crash to his lowest position in 12 years.

Watched by compatriot and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, he was in charge from start to finish against Del Potro.

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