Tennis - Gulbis completes comeback to win in Russia

Ernests Gulbis completed a dramatic comeback, winning 11 straight games, to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the final of the St. Petersburg Open.

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Spaniard Garcia-Lopez was in imperious form as he took the first set 6-3 and then continued his dominance to break World No 36 Gulbis and lead 4-1 in the second set.

There was to be a huge change in momentum, however, as Latvian Gulbis reeled off 11 consecutive games to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.

The win sees Gulbis, who claimed his fourth World Tour title, move back into the top 30 ranked players.

“I feel great, it’s my second title of the season - the fourth one of the my career," said Gulbis. "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.”

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