By Jake Davies

  • Liam Broady [Q] vs Ernests Gulbis [Q]
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – Liam Broady features in an ATP main draw for the first time since his first round loss in Queens, but this time he has made it through qualifying of the St. Petersburg Open.

 

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Liam Broady [Q] vs Ernests Gulbis [Q] H2H: First meeting

There’s a very good reason to be eager to see the progress of Liam Broady after such a fantastic week in a Challenger in Aptos, where he made the final that week, but he also managed to construct a few good wins in Vancouver the following week. The key is to get the consistency week-in and week-out and the Brit will be hoping that those two productive weeks will set him in good stead for a decent showing at a big ATP event in St.Petersburg.

He faces Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the first round. It is a real good opportunity for Broady to see how far he is from a former Grand Slam singles semi-finalist in Gulbis. The Latvian has beaten some of the world’s best but his inability to dedicate himself at the highest level is what has set him back, as many of his biggest critics will testify. He has all the skills and talent in the world and controls a great, crisp backhand, but perhaps at times lacks the right mental fortitude.

If I was in Broady’s corner I would be telling him to be ready for the mental lapses of his opponent. Yes, he is playing a former top 10 player and someone who can play at an extremely high level, but Broady will also be playing someone that can lose his cool, that can gift away more simplistic points, so the Brit has to take advantage when those opportunities come his way.

Prediction: Gulbis in three sets

 

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