Garcia-Lopez sees off Nieminen to win Thai tennis

Bangkok : Spain`s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez was made to battle hard to win the Thailand Open Sunday, beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to follow up his shock semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal.

The Finn saved three match points on his own serve in the final game before Garcia-Lopez unleashed a sizzling cross-court return winner for only his second ATP Tour title.

The delighted Spaniard, ranked 53, fell face down before rising to hug Nieminen at the net after their struggle, lasting just under one and three-quarter hours at the Impact arena.

The 29-year-old Nieminen, ranked 60, was appearing in his 10th career ATP final and stands 1-9.

Garcia-Lopez, who shocked world number one Nadal on Saturday, has a 2-1 record in finals, winning his only previous title in Kitzbuhel in 2009.

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