Fabio Fognini won his first career tournament in Stuttgart this week at the Mercedes Cup.
The week after Wimbledon may not have been of the same quality as last week’s action, but there was still some thrilling tennis during these last couple of days!
Stuttgart: Fabio Fognini put his talents to the test this week and they certainly did not disappoint. Fognini had to get through 3 tough opponents from the quarterfinals in route to his first ATP title. He beat number 1 seed and crowd favorite Tommy Haas in one of the best wins of his career as he won in straight sets. Fabio then defeated the tricky spainard Bautista Agut in straights as well. The finals was much more tricky as the Italian took on another crowd pleaser Phillip Kohlschreiber. After dropping the first set, Fognini came back in both sets to win. The last 2 sets were both 6 – 4. As you can see, Fabio is quite thrilled with his new car and new title.
Gastad: Even though Carlos Berlocq won this tournament, Fernando Verdasco was very impressive this weekend. He scored 2 of his best victories of the year in this tournament. In both, he came back from the brink of defeat. He was down a break to Almagro in the third set in the third set and was also facing multiple break points in the third set against Dimitrov in the semis. Fernando had nothing left for the final as he played almost six hours of physical tennis on Friday and Saturday. But credit to Berlocq for taking advantage and also winning his first title.
Newport: Oh Rusty. For the third straight year, Lleyton Hewitt had his chance again. After defeating Isner in the semis, someone who had beaten him the last 2 finals here in Newport, he choked away his match against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. Hewitt served for the tournament at 5 – 4 in the second. After losing that set, Hewitt went up an early break in the third and then the turning point occurred. Hewitt was serving at 30 – 40, up 3 – 2. He hit a solid serve out wide and caught Mahut unbalanced. The Frenchman fell down, leaving the court wide open for Hewitt. Except the Australian grinder, who is usually so solid at these points, dumped a forehand in the net. Lleyton didn’t look the same after that as he dropped the final 4 games and Mahut captured his second title in a month and a half.
Stay tuned for the action this week from Hamburg and Bogota!