9/23/12 8:34 PM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 45 Martin Klizan captured his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday, upending fellow seed Fabio Fognini in straight sets.
Third seed Martin Klizan won his maiden tour-level title after ousting fourth seed Fabio Fognini in straight sets. The 23-year-old Slovakian converted six of 11 break points en route to a 6-2, 6-3 victory in just 69 minutes.
"It's always very difficult to play a tournament after Davis Cup," Klizan said. "I've played many matches and it was a tough Davis Cup for us, so it was a very, very tough week this one. I was really ‘dead’ yesterday after the match, but I've played really solid this week and I'm very happy to win my first title. I hope I can get more points at the end of this season.
"I said last year that I would like to be Top 100 by the end of this year and I've already done it. Now I've been Top 50, Top 40, maybe I can be Top 30 at the end of the year. I hope I can be healthy and still with enough power to play until the end of the season. I've played many, many great weeks."
"It's horrible to play a final like this," said Fognini. "I've played two finals this year. (Gilles) Simon in Bucharest was a really great final; we played one hour and 50 minutes and I lost. On the court today he played his best tennis ever and I did not play my best tennis for sure."
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