Veteran Ernests Gulbis upsets fourth seed Alexander Zverev in five sets
Ernests Gulbis v Alexander Zverev 7-6(2) 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-0

Veteran Ernests Gulbis upsets fourth seed Alexander Zverev in five sets

07/07/2018

Former world number 10 Ernests Gulbis became the first qualifier to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon since Brian Baker in 2012 when he upset fourth seed Alexander Zverev 7-6(2) 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-0 on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Latvian, a one-time training partner of Zverev's brother Mischa, handed the young German a lesson in perseverance and solid shot-making to reach the fourth round for the first time after 11 attempts.

"It's been a great match for me. I didn't think I could win after losing the third set and having served for the set, but he got tired and I played smarter," said Gulbis, who had only won one tour level match all year -- in the first round of the French Open -- and was ranked 138 after struggling with injuries.

"It comes from practising, playing qualifying here, getting some wins. I also qualified for Paris. It's not easy, but when you do it gives you some confidence," added Gulbis, who reached his highest ranking of 10 in 2014.

Zverev, who won a five setter against American Taylor Fritz from 2-1 down in the previous round, failed to improve on his best at Wimbledon last year when he also went out in the third round.

The 21-year-old German had the better of an even opening set that went with serve but Gulbis turned the tables in the tiebreak to take it 7-2.

Zverev came back in the next two sets but when it looked like Gulbis would not last the pace, he broke to go 4-2 up in the fourth and took the wind out of his opponent's sails.

Gulbis won the final set to love in a denouement reminiscent of Zverev's five set defeat by South Korean Hyeon Chung in the third round of the Australian Open where he also suffered a fifth-set bagel.

Zverev had suffered from a stomach bug during his match with Fritz.

Related news

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev lead the way as Team Europe retain Laver Cup

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev lead the way as Team Europe retain Laver Cup

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev won clutch singles matches as Team Europe beat Team World 13-8 to retain the Laver Cup on the third and final day of action in the international tournament in Chicago on Sunday.

Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson stun Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in Laver Cup

Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson stun Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in Laver Cup

Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson saw off Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic 6-7 6-3 10-6 in the Laver Cup doubles to give Team World their first point of the tournament in Chicago.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka reaches last four in Tokyo

US Open champion Naomi Osaka reaches last four in Tokyo

US Open champion Naomi Osaka reached the semi-finals of the Pan Pacific Open with a straight-sets victory over Barbora Strycova.

Stan Wawrinka beats defending champion Damir Dzumhur in St Petersburg

Stan Wawrinka beats defending champion Damir Dzumhur in St Petersburg

Former world number three Stan Wawrinka continued his return to form by beating defending champion Damir Dzumhur to reach the last four of the St Petersburg Open.

Injured Rafael Nadal forced to withdraw from Beijing and Shanghai

Injured Rafael Nadal forced to withdraw from Beijing and Shanghai

World number one Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the China Open in Beijing and the Shanghai Masters next month as he recovers from his latest knee problems.

Novak Djokovic beats Del Potro to claim 14th Grand Slam title at US Open

Novak Djokovic beats Del Potro to claim 14th Grand Slam title at US Open

Novak Djokovic claimed his second Grand Slam in succession and 14th in his illustrious career with a 6-3 7-6 6-3 victory over Juan Martin Del Potro at the US Open.

Serena Williams furious after huge umpire controversy as Naomi Osaka wins US Open

Serena Williams furious after huge umpire controversy as Naomi Osaka wins US Open

Serena Williams was left furious and in tears after a huge controversy involving a coaching violation as Naomi Osaka won the US Open final 6-2 6-4.

US Open Final Live Stream: How to Watch the final of the last Grand Slam of the year

US Open Final Live Stream: How to Watch the final of the last Grand Slam of the year

The final Grand Slam of the year takes centre stage from the 27th as the US Open begins in New York and bet365 will be Live Streaming the action to selected countries across the world.

Imperious Novak Djokovic cruises past Kei Nishikori to reach US Open final

Imperious Novak Djokovic cruises past Kei Nishikori to reach US Open final

Novak Djokovic breezed past Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-4 6-2 to secure his place in the final of the US Open with consummate ease.

RELATED NEWS

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev lead the way as Team Europe retain Laver Cup
Roger Federer v John Isner 6-7(5) 7-6(8) 10-7

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev lead the way as Team Europe retain Laver Cup

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev won clutch singles matches as Team Europe beat Team World 13-8 to retain the Laver Cup on the third and final day of action in the international tournament in Chicago on Sunday.

Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson stun Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in Laver Cup
Jack Sock / Kevin Anderson v Roger Federer / Novak Djokovic 6-7 6-3 10-6

Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson stun Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in Laver Cup

Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson saw off Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic 6-7 6-3 10-6 in the Laver Cup doubles to give Team World their first point of the tournament in Chicago.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka reaches last four in Tokyo
Naomi Osaka v Barbora Strycova 6-3 6-4

US Open champion Naomi Osaka reaches last four in Tokyo

US Open champion Naomi Osaka reached the semi-finals of the Pan Pacific Open with a straight-sets victory over Barbora Strycova.

Stan Wawrinka beats defending champion Damir Dzumhur in St Petersburg
Stan Wawrinka v Damir Dzumhur 6-3 6-4

Stan Wawrinka beats defending champion Damir Dzumhur in St Petersburg

Former world number three Stan Wawrinka continued his return to form by beating defending champion Damir Dzumhur to reach the last four of the St Petersburg Open.

Injured Rafael Nadal forced to withdraw from Beijing and Shanghai
ATP news

Injured Rafael Nadal forced to withdraw from Beijing and Shanghai

World number one Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the China Open in Beijing and the Shanghai Masters next month as he recovers from his latest knee problems.

Novak Djokovic beats Del Potro to claim 14th Grand Slam title at US Open
Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6 6-3

Novak Djokovic beats Del Potro to claim 14th Grand Slam title at US Open

Novak Djokovic claimed his second Grand Slam in succession and 14th in his illustrious career with a 6-3 7-6 6-3 victory over Juan Martin Del Potro at the US Open.

Serena Williams furious after huge umpire controversy as Naomi Osaka wins US Open
Naomi Osaka v Serena Williams 6-2 6-4

Serena Williams furious after huge umpire controversy as Naomi Osaka wins US Open

Serena Williams was left furious and in tears after a huge controversy involving a coaching violation as Naomi Osaka won the US Open final 6-2 6-4.

US Open Final Live Stream: How to Watch the final of the last Grand Slam of the year
US Open Final live stream

US Open Final Live Stream: How to Watch the final of the last Grand Slam of the year

The final Grand Slam of the year takes centre stage from the 27th as the US Open begins in New York and bet365 will be Live Streaming the action to selected countries across the world.

Imperious Novak Djokovic cruises past Kei Nishikori to reach US Open final
Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-4 6-2

Imperious Novak Djokovic cruises past Kei Nishikori to reach US Open final

Novak Djokovic breezed past Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-4 6-2 to secure his place in the final of the US Open with consummate ease.