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Thursday 8 December 2016

Gulbis fails to make change

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A French Open semi-finallist last year, Ernests Gulbis looked far from ready for the claycourt season when he was thrashed 6-1 6-0 by Austrian Andreas Haider Mauer in Monte Carlo yesterday.

The unpredictable Latvian, seeded 13th, was never in the hunt as he opened proceedings on Centre Court.

"It's always tough for me to change from hard courts to clay," said Gulbis, who was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros semis last year.

The top guns, including world number one Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka have first round byes.

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