Five years after turning pro, Marcel Granollers claimed his first ATP title, defeating No. 8 James Blake in the Houston final and finishing the season ranked inside the Top 100 for the first time with a year-end ranking of No. 56. The 2010 Valencia runner-up rebounded from an arm injury he suffered in early 2011 to capture his second career title at Gstaad where he defeated three top 20 players — Stanislas Wawrinka, Mikhail Youzhny and Fernando Verdasco — in rising to No. 33 in the rankings. The six-foot-three Spaniard beat Marin Cilic, Gael Monfils, Juan Martin del Potro and Juan Monaco in succession to win the first hard-court crown of his career in Valencia. On August 3, 2013, Granollers became only the second player to win an ATP World Tour title after losing a 6-0 first set in winning the Kitzbuhel title with an 0-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Juan Monaco.