Spain's Marcel Granollers captured his first ATP Tour title of 2013 by rallying for a 0-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 victory Saturday over Argentine Juan Monaco in the final of the bet-at-home Cup in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Two games after squandering a chance to wrap up the victory, Granollers converted his fourth match point in the 10th game of the final set.
The 53rd-ranked Spaniard recovered from a dreadful start in which he was badly outplayed from the baseline, committed three double faults and put just 38 percent of his first serves in play.
Granollers turned things around in the second set, however, thanks to a much more effective serve, and then he raced out to a 5-2 lead in the third set.
He stumbled in his first opportunity to close out the match but then broke Monaco's serve when the Argentine was trying to even the match at 5-5.
"Today I was half on my way to the airport, but I kept on fighting and started to play better in the middle of the second set," Granollers said afterward.
The Spaniard's nine aces over the final two sets gave him a slight edge in a match in which Monaco won 11 more points overall.
With the win, Granollers captured the fourth title of his career and third on clay. The Spaniard also defeated Monaco to win his lone hard-court title, at the 2011 Valencia Open.
This Austrian stop on the ATP Tour dates back to 1894, making it one of the oldest events in men's tennis. EFE