Gulbis rallies to beat Garcia-Lopez in St. Petersburg final

by: AP September 22, 2013

AP Photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Sixth-seeded Ernests Gulbis won his fourth career title Sunday by rallying to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 at the St. Petersburg Open.

After an exchange of breaks in the opening games, the 74th-ranked Garcia-Lopez broke the Latvian twice to win the first set.

Garcia-Lopez took a 4-1 lead in the second but Gulbis won five consecutive games to even the match. He then dominated the third set and sealed the victory on his first match point with a service winner.

The 36th-ranked Gulbis was playing in his second final since winning his third title in Delray Beach in February.

Garcia-Lopez was looking for his third title. He last won in 2010 in Bangkok.

More Stories

My Tennis Life: Ailing Nicole Gibbs to take time off for rehab

"The goal right now is to be back a few weeks before Paris,” said the American.

Venus Williams defeats world No. 1 Angelique Kerber in Miami quarters

The 36-year-old won 7-5, 6-3 for hr 15th win against a world No. 1.

Virginia men's tennis coach Brian Boland moving to role with USTA

At Virginia, Brian Boland compiled a 436-57 (.884) record in 16 seasons.