Gulbis to Meet Garcia-Lopez in St. Petersburg Final

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Ernests Gulbis (Player Profile) reached his second ATP final of the season with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Michal Przysiezny (Player Profile) in today’s semi-final in St.Petersburg. He will meet Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-1 in the second semifinal.

“I’m happy with my form this week,” said Gulbis. “I arrived here late from Davis Cup and to be honest I was quite tired when I got here. So I’ve tried to win my matches quickly and to lose as little energy as possible along the way.”

The Latvian no. 1 cruised through his semifinal match-up, as he won 75% of his points on serve and secured several easy breakpoints en route to his straight sets victory. It took him just 85 minutes to beat the world no. 112.

“I’ve had to adapt my game a little bit to the surface, maybe playing more defensive than normal. It’s going OK, so let’s see what happens tomorrow in the final.”

Gracia-Lopez (Player Profile) also eased into the St Petersburg final with a rapid 6-1, 6-1 victory over Joao Sousa (Player Profile). The world no. 74 won six consecutive games in the opening set and would only allow Sousa one service hold in the second set

“Despite the scoreline of course it was not easy,” said Garcia-Lopez. “We had a lot of long rallies at the beginning. I took the chance to break him in the second game and played my game very well. I was very solid the whole match and he made some mistakes because of my game.

“Tomorrow is always special as a final. Gulbis has a good serve and on this surface it will be difficult to break him. I hope I can do it. It would be really nice to win another tournament.”

The two competitor have a 1-1 head-to-head record, with Garcia-Lopez claiming victory in their last encounter over three years ago in Bangkok.

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