ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) _ Marat Safin won his first professional title in his home country, beating Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Sunday to capture the $800,000 St. Petersburg Open.

The top-seeded Safin recovered from a listless first set to win a tournament for the sixth time this season.

The U.S. Open champion has overtaken Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten for the No. 1 spot in the Champions Race. Kuerten lost on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Lyon Grand Prix in France.

Safin turned his game around in the second set after smashing his racket and drawing a warning from the umpire. Down 3-1, he rallied to take the set 6-4.

He kept to the baseline in the third set and broke Hrbaty in the third game, comfortably serving out the match. Overall, Safin had 14 aces to Hrbaty's five.