Gulbis wins after time off

It wasn't pretty but a win's a win. Photo by Farmers Classic.

LOS ANGELES — It was a tough match but in the end Ernests Gulbis came through, defeating Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko 7-5, 7-5 in the first round of the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles.

This was Gulbis’ first action since a hamstring injury forced the budding Latvian tennis star out of Wimbledon.

“It was a tough win because I didn’t feel the ball really well,” Gulbis told reporters during a post-match press conference. “I just wanted to win, whatever the score, ugly tennis or whatever, to get some wins going. Whatever it takes — you push, you run, you fight.”

Fifth-seeded Gulbis will next face either Colombia’s Alejandro Falla and Slovakia’s Karol Beck in the second round. Gulbis’ world ranking is now 28.

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