Ernests Gulbis stunned top seed Mardy Fish in Los Angeles on Sunday, edging the American to take his second ATP World Tour Title. Gulbis started slowly, but fought back hard to eventually win 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Since winning his first title in Delray Beach last year, Gulbis has rarely managed back-to-back wins, so this title has come as a major surprise to everyone.
"It means a lot to me. It's my second title," he said afterwards. "It gives me a huge boost in confidence. Mardy is No. 9 in the world and today I played a good match." Fish was disappointed with the loss, but happy with his form over the past weeks.
"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," Fish said. "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."