Gulbis: ‘Grand Slam should be five sets, until somebody is dead’


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Fresh from seeing off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Ernests Gulbis humorously rejected Martina Navratilova's suggestion that men's Grand Slam matches should be reduced from five to three sets.

While he had only been required to contest three sets after France's sixth seed Tsonga withdrew injured, the world number 39 said it was not something he would like to see more of after suggestions men may need to play three-set Grand Slam matches instead of five due to the physicality of the sport.

"Grand Slam is Grand Slam," the 24-year-old Gulbis said. "You don't need an easy way to win it.

"If you can't make it, you can't make it. Sorry, stay at home and do something else.

"Grand Slam should be five sets, blood, fight five sets all the way until the end, until somebody is dead."

A total of seven players withdrew from Wednesday's Wimbledon action due to injury, with several more players - including women's third seed Maria Sharapova - losing matches they had been expected to win after picking up knocks on the slippery surface.

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