Ernest Gulbis (Player Profile) rallied from a set and a break deficit to stun Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Player Profile) in today’s St.Petersburg final and with a three-set victory he earned his second ATP tour title of the season.
“I feel great, it’s my second title of the season – the fourth one of the my career,” said Gulbis. “I’ve been very consistent especially in finals; I’ve never lost in a final. I’m proud of that record. “
After dropping to no. 36 in the world rankings, Gulbis has now won his fourth ATP title, over $75, 000 and 250 ATP points that should thrust him back into the top 30. He achieved his highest career ranking in 2011 at no. 21.
Trailing 6-3, 4-1 in the match, Gulbis mounted a remarkable comeback to steal the second set and maintain a stranglehold over the third. The deciding set was a particularly dominant one for the 25-year-old, as Gulbis lost only 5 points throughout the set, capping off his comeback with a bagel set in the final.
“I made my short term goals. I’m going to be seeded in Melbourne with these points, so that’s done. Now everything that comes, comes. I have nothing to defend so it’s all good.”
The Latvian no. 1 claimed his 34th win this season – a career best since debuting on the ATP tour. He added to the title he won as a qualifier in February at the Delray Beach Open(d. Roger-Vasselin).
“The main key why I’m not yet a top player is the consistency. Everybody knows I can play well for a tournament or a match and then I go downhill. I just need to bring this consistency to bigger tournaments, especially Grand Slams. Then I believe I am a Top 20 player for sure, and not so far from Top 10.”
Although he was not victorious, Garcia-Lopez believes there are many positives to take from his performance this entire week.
“Despite losing today I played some unbelievable tennis all week, so I have to be happy overall with the week,” said Garcia-Lopez. “Congratulations to Ernests, he deserved the title today.”