Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/16/14

PARIS - JUNE 11: Martin Klizan of Slovakia celebrates with his trophy after winning against Philip Bester of Canada during the Boys' Singles Final on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2006 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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. The last break came in the final game, when the left-hander 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. In the past seven months, the 23-year-old Slovak has moved up from No. 121 in the world to a career-high 45th. His breakthrough season included reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open by beating No. 6-ranked Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. Fognini, ranked 53rd, was playing in his second ATP final but is still looking for his first title. Klizan reached the final in St. Petersburg by upsetting top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in a three-set match that lasted nearly four hours Saturday. After a short break, Klizan played a doubles semifinal, which he and his pa...
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