April 30, 2016

Ernests Gulbis Notches St. Petersburg Open Crown

Ernests Gulbis by Maria Noble

(September 22, 2013) Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis recovered from a first set loss to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 for the title at the St. Petersburg Open.

He won the last 11 games to seal the win.

It’s Gulbis’ second tournament win of 2013, he claimed the tournament in Delray Beach back in February.

“I feel great, it’s my second title of the season – the fourth one of the my career,” Gulbis said. I’ve been very consistent especially in finals; I’ve never lost in a final. I’m proud of that record.

“I made my short term goals. I’m going to be seeded in Melbourne with these points, so that’s done. Now everything that comes, comes. I have nothing to defend so it’s all good.

“The main key why I’m not yet a top player is the consistency. Everybody knows I can play well for a tournament or a match and then I go downhill. I just need to bring this consistency to bigger tournaments, especially Grand Slams. Then I believe I am a Top 20 player for sure, and not so far from Top 10.”

For No 36 Gulbis  it’s his 34th win in a career-best season.