FARMERS CLASSIC 2011
Fish, Gulbis Advance To Los Angeles Final
Los Angeles, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Fish edged teenage American Ryan Harrison 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(3) to advance to his second consecutive ATP World Tour final.
The World No. 9 quickly raced to a one-set lead, winning 80 per cent of his service points to claim the opening set in just 21 minutes.
Harrison put himself on the scoreboard to start the second set and converted the only break point opportunity of the set in the tenth game to even the semi-final clash at one set apiece.
In the final set, Fish broke Harrison to move ahead 2-1, but relinquished the advantage to the 19 year old in the sixth game. The two held the rest of the way through to send the match to a deciding tie-break. From there, Fish’s experience prevailed, as he built a 5-0 lead and never looked back, locking up the hard-fought victory in two hours and 11 minutes.
It’s the second straight week Fish has knocked out Harrison in the semi-final stage of a tournament after defeating the Bradenton resident en route to his title defence at the Atlanta Tennis Championships last week.
Gulbis did not face a break point and won 72 per cent of his service points to advance to his second ATP World Tour Final in one hour and 52 minutes.
The World No. 84 is aiming to win his second title after claiming the trophy at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in 2010. He and Fish will square off for the first time.