G-Lo Garcia-Lopez Wins 1st ATP Title at Kitzbuhel

Posted on May 23, 2009

Spain's Guillermo "G-Lo" Garcia-Lopez won his first career title on Saturday at Kitzbuhel, coming from a set down to defeat French lucky loser Julien Benneteau 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 for the Interwetten Austrian Open title.

"I think it's my best moment in my career," said the No. 74-ranked Spaniard. "I played in my first ATP World Tour final and I won. It's an unbelievable feeling and so happy to win my first title."

Benneteau dropped to 0-3 in career finals after similar runner-up efforts in Casablanca (l. to Gilles Simon) and Lyon (l. to Robin Soderling) last year.

"Of course I'm disappointed," Benneteau said. "It was a very long week for me. I'm happy with the week, but when you get to the final you don't want to lose. But today Guillermo played a bit better than me, he was very strong. I will go to Paris on Sunday and hope to recover a bit. We might already play on Monday so I hope to be ready for that."

In the doubles final the No. 2 seeds and defending champions Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa beat the Romanian team of Andrei Pavel and Horia Tecau 6-7(9), 6-2, 10-7.