Gulbis shuts out Federer

Gulbis shuts out Federer

Djokovic breezes past Chardy; Kuznetsova notches up easy win

The French Open champion looked to be on his way to a slick seasonal debut on the clay when he took the first set with ease in drizzly conditions, with Gulbis dogged by erratic play.

But the 40th-ranked Latvian cleaned up his act and took advantage as Federer piled up the unforced errors to notch a run of five consecutive games and win the second.
Federer then saved two match points on his serve in the ninth game of the final set, having been broken in the fifth, before Gulbis wasted four more in the following game.
But the Swiss dropped serve immediately and Gulbis held his to love to claim a memorable victory.

Earlier, world number two Novak Djokovic made a stylish start to his campaign, blowing away Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-1 in just under an hour to move into the third round.

The Serb, the 2008 Rome champion, gave Chardy a torrid time on his serve and produced some stunning cross-court winners in a performance that should raise his morale after a low-key start to the season.

Results, second round: Ernests Gulbis (Lat) bt 1-Roger Federer (Sui) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5; Novak Djokovic (Ser) bt Jeremy Chardy (Fra) 6-1, 6-1; Victor Hanescu (Rom) bt 16-Juan Monaco (Arg) 7-6(7-4), 6-4.

Li Na advances

Svetlana Kuznetsova stormed into the second round of the Hamburg Open in Germany with a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 victory over Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia.
Li Na also booked her place in the next round in similar fashion, easing past Sara Errani of Italy 6-1, 6-1. Shahar Peer of Israel and Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria had easy victories over Polona Hercog of Slovenia and Georgia’s Margalita Chakhnashvili, respectively.