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Watch: Ernests Gulbis plays the perfect game in Open de Nice final

Ernests Gulbis improved his career record in ATP finals to 6-0 over the weekend, beating Frederico Delbonis 6-1, 7-6 (5) to win his first clay-court title at the Open de Nice. The title was Gulbis' second of the season and continued his consistent run through the season. He returned to a career-high No. 17 as the French Open begins. Gulbis opens his Paris campaign against Lukas Kubot on Monday.

"My next goal is to be top 10, even top eight. I think if I play well in the Grand Slams, I have a good chance," Gulbis said. "It's tough to kick out somebody from the top as there's a lot of good players but I am working on it."

Now that the basic facts are out of the way, watch the Latvian perfectly execute four consecutive drop shot winners in one game en route to his title in Nice. Nice touch, Ernie.

http://youtu.be/KOaNYNGAI24

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