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Gulbis Defeats Fish In Los Angeles To Win Second Title

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Gulbis © Getty ImagesErnests Gulbis defeated Mardy Fish to win his second ATP World Tour title.

Latvian Ernests Gulbis defeated top seed Mardy Fish 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Farmers Classic on Sunday in Los Angeles to claim his second ATP World Tour title.

After double faulting to drop the first set, Gulbis elevated his game and converted the only break point opportunity in the second set to send the championship match into a deciding set.

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The World No. 84 opened the final set with a 5-1 lead but Fish won three straight games, and had an opportunity to even the set at 5-all. Gulbis denied the American’s hopes of a comeback, clinching the victory on his first match point to win his first title of the year in a two hour and 43 minute battle.

It marked the Latvian’s second hard court title, after triumphing at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships last year.

"It means a lot to me. It's my second title," said Gulbis. "It gives me a huge boost in confidence. Mardy is No. 9 in the world and today I played a good match."

Fish was looking to win back-to-back titles for the first time in his career, after defending his title at the Atlanta Tennis Championships a week ago.

"I've played a lot of matches the past month and half, so he came in a little bit fresher than me. I think that played a part," assessed Fish, "But credit to him. He played well when he needed to. He got those two breaks early [in the third set], clearly which was big. I almost got him in the end... it wasn't meant to be."

The win gave Gulbis his first victory over a Top 10 opponent this season. The loss dropped Fish to a 6-13 record in ATP World Tour finals.

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