Gulbis Hits The Mark On Break Points
Beware Ernests Gulbis
when you are facing break point. The Latvian leads the ATP MatchFacts in break points converted this season, capitalising on 102 of 213 opportunities with a conversion rate of 48 per cent in 33 matches. Rafael Nadal
has created 416 break point chances in 46 matches this season and is currently in third position with a 46 per cent conversion rate. He is behind Nikolay Davydenko
, who has converted 94 of his 204 opportunities (46 per cent) in 33 matches this year.Kei Nishikori
(45 per cent) and Juan Monaco
, Florian Mayer
, Ivan Dodig
, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
, David Ferrer
– all with 44 per cent - and Nicolas Almagro
with 43 per cent make up the rest of the current Top 10.
World No. 38 Gulbis has enjoyed form resurgence this season, compiling a 24-12 match record. He shone in notable performances against Nadal at the BNP Paribas Open
in Indian Wells and the Internationali BNL d’Italia in Rome, pushing the Spaniard to 7-5 and 6-4 in the third sets respectively. He created nine break points in the Rome contest, converting four of them.
Proving his credentials against the best in the world, Gulbis won five of his eight break points in a 6-2, 6-0 win over then-World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic
in Indian Wells, and in knocking out No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
he broke serve three times from eight chances. Tsonga is third for service games won this season.
In his 10 years on tour, Gulbis is yet to finish in the Top 10 for break points converted. It is his most successful category so far this season, but he has also performed well on first serve points won, turning in a 77 per cent mark for the first seven months of the year – the sixth best score on the ATP World Tour. Milos Raonic
leads that category with 80 per cent in 29 matches. Gulbis also ranks among the Top 10 (No. 10) for break points saved (67 per cent).