Paris: The two worlds of Latvian wildman Ernests Gulbis and Serb joker Novak Djokovic collide at Roland Garros today with a place in the French Open final at stake.
Gulbis has stormed into his first major semi-final like a hurricane with Roger Federer a high-profile casualty.
The outspoken 25-year-old has always had the talent just not the dedication, admitting that back in the bad old days — as recently as 2012 — he would often skip practice for five days.
But having described his late blossoming as riding "the last train", Gulbis, the son of one of Latvia's richest men said, "I just thought everything is gonna come too easy for me because everything in life was just coming. I wasn't really thinking about it and not putting enough effort into it," he said.