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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 partner lost.
''I was really dead yesterday after the match, but I played very solid this week and I'm very happy that I won this week,'' Klizan said. ''It's my first title and I hope not last, and I hope I can make more points in the end of this season.''
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Third-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia advanced to the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open, beating Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.
Klizan hit five aces and never faced a break point. He will next play Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, who advanced when eighth-seeded Jurgen Zopp of Estonia retired with a back injury after losing the first set 6-3.
Seven months ago, Martin Klizan was ranked at No. 121 in the world, today he’s is No. 45 and climbing. The Slovak captured his first ATP World Tour on Sunday defeating Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-2, 6-3 for the St. Petersburg Open.
The 23-year-old’s breath through win came at the recent US Open when the southpaw upset 6th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Klizan made his way to the finals...
Top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia reached the semifinals of the St. Petersburg Open, beating seventh-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 on Friday.
Also advancing to the last four were third-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia, fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy and Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain.
Youzhny, the 2004 champion and a two-time runner-up, managed only...
Top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny advanced to the semifinals of the St. Petersburg Open by beating seventh-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 Friday.
Youzhny, the 2004 champion and a two-time runner-up, managed only five points on his serve in the second set. But he recovered after an early break in the third set and won four consecutive games for a 5-2 lead.