Another loss for Gulbis, Bedene through to Hamburg QF’s & Ward loses his fourth match in a row…

Ernests Gulbis poor run continues…

Last year Ernests Gulbis was one of the stars of the show on the ATP tour finishing the year with a win/loss record or 41/21, two titles to his name and was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros however this year can be considered as a disaster. In almost 8 months of tennis the Latvian has a win/loss record of 5/17 which is pretty awful and has seen him drop to 80 in the world and with his round one loss to Juan Monaco in Hamburg I’d expect him to fall a couple more places down the rankings.

Aljaz Bedene through to Hamburg quarter finals!

Aljaz Bedene has continued his rise up the rankings again with another excellent win this time beating the third seed in Hamburg Roberto Bautista-Agut for the second time this year winning the match 7-6 7-6 despite a rain delay in the second set on game point to Bedene. In the live rankings Bedene is now at 55 which is a career high however that can change however he is guaranteed to be inside the world’s top 60 by the end of the week and who knows could go a step further when he plays Fabio Fognini in the next round.

James Ward slips outside the top 100!

Getting into the world’s top 100 was difficult for James as competition in the rankings is fierce however what is more difficult is sustaining that ranking of being a top 100 ranked player on a consistent basis. After Wimbledon James was at 89 in the world I believe which is a career high ranking however hasn’t won any of his last four matches. James last week was the 8th seed in ATP Bogota but lost in the first round a match he should have been winning and this week he was the top seed in the Lexington challenger in Kentucky and lost 6-4 6-4 in the first round to a lucky loser ranked outside the top 200 in the world.

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