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Ernests’s coach is cautious

Paris: Ernests Gulbis has transformed as a player under the guidance of Austrian Gunther Bresnik, but his coach is not too confident about his chances against Novak Djokovic in the semi-final.

Former coach to Thomas Muster, Henri Leconte and Boris Becker, Bresnik has been able to turn Gulbis into a focused, hard-working player.

But he said: “Ernests hasn’t a hope against Novak. Djokovic is the favourite here, he’s tried several times before and this time he’ll be the one to lift the trophy at Roland Garros, I’m sure of it. I guarantee you.

“Ernests would need a miracle to beat Novak. Without a miracle there’s no chance. Ernests is playing at a high level. But he’s still 10 to 15 per cent lower than Djokovic’s average.

“Novak plays consistently for hours, so 3 or 4 games per set would be incredible for Ernests. I’m already very happy with how the tournament’s gone. Even if Novak has an off-day, the gap is too great, he has more experience. And Novak really wants the title.”

Asked about Gulbis’s match against Tomas Berdych in the quarter final, he said: “Ernests also had a very good attitude on the court towards Berdych and throughout the tournament. Now he knows he can keep up the pace because he works hard. His win over Federer was not an end in itself.”