St Petersburg Open: Ernests Gulbis beats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in final
Ernests Gulbis battled back from a set down to defeat Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the St Petersburg Open final.
Last Updated: 22/09/13 4:19pm
The Latvian, who was seeded sixth, won 3-6 6-4 6-0 to record his second career win over Garcia-Lopez in their third meeting.
Garcia-Lopez got the better of a raft of breaks in the first set and broke early in the second before racing into a 4-1 lead.
But he failed to win another game as world No 36 Gulbis found another gear and reeled off 11 straight games to storm to victory, as the 30-year-old ran out of steam.
Afterwards, the 25-year-old Gulbis promised to return to St Petersburg next year to defend his title.
"I wanted to win this event very much and it was the reason I battled for every single point in today's final," said Gulbis.
"I'm really happy to win this event as St Petersburg is one of my most beloved cities and I'll be happy to come here next year to defend my title."