Bangkok, Thailand - Guillermo Garcia-Lopez followed up his monumental upset of fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal with a victory over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen on Sunday to capture the Thailand Open title.
Garcia-Lopez knocked off the world's top-ranked player in the semifinals, then carried the momentum into the final and earned a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory to claim his second career ATP singles crown.
"It has been an unbelievable week for me, from the first round to the final," said Garcia-Lopez. "Every match is different. I think I played relaxed, enjoyed my game and everything was perfect. It's hard to express what it means, I'm really happy inside."
Garcia-Lopez won his first title last year in Kitzbuhel and this summer lost in the Eastbourne final to Michael Llodra of France. He will be ranked 40th next week.
Nieminen, meanwhile, fell to 1-9 all-time in ATP singles finals. His lone title came in 2006 at Auckland and Sunday marked his first championship match since Sydney in 2009.
"I had a great week," said Nieminen. "I had some chances in the first set, but he came up with some great points. He lifted his game again in the third set. I gave everything and it wasn't enough for me today. I really enjoy coming here, the people are so positive; it's been a great atmosphere all week."
Garcia-Lopez broke serve for a 4-3 lead in the first set and held serve twice to win the set. Nieminen battled back and won the first three games in the second set to take control, then came back from a 3-1 deficit in the third, only to have his serve broken in the final game. Garcia-Lopez finally won it with a passing shot on his fourth match point.
This was just the second all-time meeting between the two and first since Nieminen posted a straight-set win in 2004 at Beijing.
Garcia-Lopez pocketed a first prize of $99,725.