Oeiras, Portugal (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Berlocq couldn't do anything against Tomas Berdych in the first set of Sunday's final at the Portugal Open, then was nearly unstoppable in the third en route to his second career title.
Berlocq rebounded from a disastrous first set to pull off a 0-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory on Sunday. He won five matches this week, beating the top two seeds in the process, after entering the tournament with a match record of 4-7 this year.
In addition to knocking off the top-seeded Berdych on Sunday, the Argentine also beat second-seeded Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals.
Berlocq had never beaten Berdych in three previous meetings and the first set was no contest. The Czech won 28 of the 40 points played and finished the set in a mere 29 minutes.
The second set was even until Berlocq broke for a 6-5 lead. He then held to finish it and was never seriously threatened in the third, opening a double- break lead.
"In the second set, when I changed my tactics I saw the ball better, committed less errors and it opened the door," said Berlocq. "To close the match the way I did was very emotional."
Berlocq improved to 2-1 lifetime in ATP finals, earning his first title last July in Bastad.
Berdych fell to 9-13 in title matches, including 1-2 this year. He beat Marin Cilic for the Rotterdam crown back in February and lost to Roger Federer in the Dubai final two weeks later.
"The first set looks easy, but it doesn't show what was going on," said Berdych. "Carlos is a big fighter and he completely changed his game, finding a way to win."
Sunday's victory was worth a first prize of $107,000 for Berlocq.