Latvian No. 1 Ernests Gulbis picked up his second consecutive upset this week, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to lift the Open 13 title in Marseille. The win extended his ATP World Tour finals record to a perfect 5-0, and marked his first title of the 2014 season.
“It’s a really nice small record for me,” said Gulbis of his record in ATP World Tour finals. “5-0 is really good. I remember when I used to play Futures and Challengers, I think I lost maybe one or two finals. When I get into finals I really have good form and good confidence and play my best tennis. Today I was serving really well and in the tie-break I was feeling really, really confident.”
The Top 25 competitor only managed 1 break point in 10 tries, yet managed to hit 14 aces and won 77% of his service points to secure the 7-6(5), 6-4 victory. Tsonga, who had won the title on two previous occasions in 2009 and 2013, was unable to pick up the hat-trick, as Gulbis controlled the majority of the second set, after the Frenchman dropped the opener in a tiebreak.
“I’m very happy right now, but the reality is that you’re back on court in two days. I want to keep both feet on the ground. There’s a couple of big tournaments coming up. It’s been a great week, but I want to build on it.”
Gulbis received 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points and $99,545 in prize money for his efforts. He will debut inside the ATP Top 20 on Monday.