Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Latvia's Ernests Gulbis knocked off top-seeded American Mardy Fish 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to claim the Farmers Classic title on Sunday.
Gulbis struggled in the first set, but rallied to win the next two to finish off Fish in a drawn-out two hours and 43 minutes to win his second career ATP title. His first win came in February of 2010 in Delray Beach. Prior to Sunday, his best finish of the season came in Sydney where he lost in the semifinals.
The victory gives Gulbis a 7-28 mark against opponents ranked in the top-10. He will move to No. 57 in the tour rankings.
"Today means a lot to me. It's my second title," Gulbis said. "It gives me a huge boost in confidence. Mardy is No. 9 in the world and today I played a good match."
The 29 year-old Fish made his second consecutive appearance in a final after defeating John Isner in Atlanta last week, but remains stuck on one title this season and six for his career.
"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 to be."
In the semifinals, Fish squeaked past fellow American Ryan Harrison 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), while Gulbis defeated Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
Gulbis took home $113,000 with the victory.
07/31 22:22:19 ET