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6th-Seeded Berdych Upset in Opener

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It seemed odd when sixth seed Tomas Berdych’s opening match against Ernests Gulbis was placed on Centre Court; after all, Gulbis—once the shining light of the next generation—has lost in the first round in eight of the last nine Grand Slams. In the end, the All England Club can congratulate themselves for showcasing Gulbis’ impressive 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) upset.

Gulbis’ fitness, commitment, and fighting qualities have all been called into question over the years, but one thing we’ve never doubted is his sheer talent. Now coached by Gunter Bresnik and having made...

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