Tennis

Klizan tops Fognini for title

2012-09-23 16:19
Martin Klizan (AP)

St Petersburg - Martin Klizan of Slovakia defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to win his first career ATP title at the St Petersburg Open.

The third-seeded Klizan broke the fourth-seeded Fognini twice in the first set and four times in the second, including in the final game when the left-handed Slovak hit a cross-court forehand winner to seal the victory.

Klizan had used his only ace of the match to close out the first set.

The 23-year-old Slovak is ranked a career-high No 45 in the world after reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open by beating No 6-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Fognini, ranked 53rd, was playing in his second ATP final, but is still looking for his first title.

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