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Gulbis through to the Intrum Stockholm Open final

Ernests Gulbis. Photo: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports/Scanpix/LETA.
Appearing in his first tour-level semi-final since Vienna in 2015 (l. to Johnson), Latvia's tennis player Ernests Gulbis recovered from a set down to overcome top seed John Isner 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Intrum Stockholm Open.

The World No. 145 Gulbis, competing in his second Stockholm semi-final (also 2013), became the 11th qualifier this season to reach a tour-level championship match (8-2) after one hour and 48 minutes.

"I was fighting for every point," said Gulbis. "I think I returned a lot smarter in the second and third set."

Gulbis is aiming to end a four-year title drought after lifting his sixth tour-level title in 2014 in Nice (d. Delbonis). The 6'4" Latvian holds an undefeated 8-0 record in tour-level finals, with six victories in singles and two doubles triumphs.

"I like the way I am playing now, I like the way I am feeling, the way I am hitting and moving" said Gulbis. "If I play like this, I can beat anybody. I can give anybody trouble, for sure, so it is not going to be an easy match for Stefanos Tsitsipas tomorrow. It is probably not going to be an easy match in general."


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