FARMERS CLASSIC 2011
Gulbis Defeats Fish In Los Angeles To Win Second Title
Los Angeles, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
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.
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.