Shahar Pe'er 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
LOS ANGELES – Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis survived a few anxious moments
in the final set to upset top-seeded American Mardy Fish 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 and win
the Los Angeles International on Sunday.
Initially serving for the match
at 5- 2, Gulbis was broken by Fish and he then trailed 30-40 on serve while
leading 5-4 before sealing victory.
The tousled-haired Latvian set up
match point with a delicate forehand drop shot before clinching his second ATP
title with a rasping forehand winner down the line.
Gulbis, who had
knocked out second seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the quarterfinals,
pumped his right fist in celebration after becoming the first unseeded champion
in LA since Radek Stepanek in 2007.
In Israeli tennis news, on Monday
Shahar Pe'er climbed three places to No. 21 in the world after reaching the
final of the Maryland Open.
Pe'er will play in the Rogers Cup in Toronto
next week before competing in Cincinnati ahead of the start of the US Open in
New York on August 29.
Dudi Sela dropped five places to No. 86 in the ATP
rankings, while Amir Weintraub reached a new high of 195 after moving up five
places.Allon Sinai contributed to this report