Ernests Gulbis wins St. Petersburg Open titleErnests Gulbis of Latvia returns the ball to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain during the St. Petersburg Open ATP tennis tournament final match in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Sixth-seeded Ernests Gulbis won his fourth career title Sunday by rallying to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 at the St. Petersburg Open.
After an exchange of breaks in the opening games, the 74th-ranked Garcia-Lopez broke the Latvian twice to win the first set.
Garcia-Lopez took a 4-1 lead in the second but Gulbis won five consecutive games to even the match. He then dominated the third set and sealed the victory on his first match point with a service winner.
The 36th-ranked Gulbis was playing in his second final since winning his third title in Delray Beach in February.
Garcia-Lopez was looking for his third title. He last won in 2010 in Bangkok.