• Klizan wins first Tour title in St. Petersburg

    9/23/12 8:34 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Klizan wins first Tour title in St. Petersburg 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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klizan showing that his upset of tsonga in us open was no fluke. someone to watch. wonder who of the top four he will beat first...

croc , 9/23/12 9:45 PM

Wow! Klizan won a title!

But I think it's way too soon to talk about him beating any of the top four yet.

Nativenewyorker , 9/24/12 12:16 AM

I like fognini, he's so laid back but very effectiv and funny. I think Nadal could get beaten by Klizan if he comes back rusty and they meet early in a tournament.

scoretracker , 9/24/12 12:40 AM

Nadal could lose to anyone on an indoor hard court

especially after being out for 4 months

RickyDimon , 9/24/12 2:52 AM

Is Rafa coming back to play hard court? I haven't heard anything about it.

Nativenewyorker , 9/24/12 6:16 AM


RickyDimon , 9/24/12 6:38 AM

So then any discussion of him losing to the likes of Klizan is moot with him not returning for indoor hard court.

I just wanted to be sure.

Nativenewyorker , 9/24/12 8:50 AM

I don't think Klizan is that good yet. Beating Tsonga is different from beating any of the top four. Klizan can't even beat Marin at the USO, it's Tsonga who's not performing at his usual level at the USO that's why he lost. There's no need to elevate Klizan's status as if he's a threat to the top four, when all he has done is to beat Fognini in a 250 final. Let's wait for him to be as good as Tipsy first, before talking about him beating the top four!

luckystar , 9/24/12 12:28 PM

BTW, when did Rafa lose to anyone on the indoor hard courts? In 2008, he lost to Simon at Madrid indoors and Davy at Paris, both made it to TMC that year; in 2009 he lost to Nole at Paris, and Sod/Davy/Nole, all top eight guys, at WTF. In 2010, he only lost to Fed, at WTF; last year he lost to Tsonga and Fed at WTF. So how is Rafa losing to anyone on the indoor hard courts? He's only losing to top players, ie top ten players!

luckystar , 9/24/12 1:15 PM

luckystar - i think you need to double-check your statistics!

RickyDimon , 9/24/12 4:57 PM

Why? Since Rafa became no.1 in 2008, he hasn't lost to any Tom, Dick or Harry on the indoor HARD courts! As I've mentioned, he lost to the top ten guys at the Indoor HARD Courts. I only missed out Murray at Rotterdam final 2009. So in 2008, after he became no.1, he lost to Simon/Davy; in 2009 Murray/Nole/Davy/Sod; in 2010 only to Fed; in 2011 Tsonga and Fed.

luckystar , 9/24/12 5:22 PM

why not having a guess? jumping to conclusions is fun.
beating nadal indoors and murray on clay doesn't count...
would be fun if already he broke fed's QF streak at OzO

croc , 9/24/12 5:56 PM

I doubt it's possible for anyone to beat Fed's QFGS streak, and highly improbable anyone can beat his SF streak, but who knew Sampras' GS tally record would have been broken. thus, all thing are possible.

scoretracker , 9/25/12 1:24 AM

my guess was actually a bit more modest; that klizan would perhaps beat federer before the QF at Australian Open next year.... also that is a wide shot of course.

there are no fun tournaments these weeks, so doing some speculations just to keep myself amused. ;)

croc , 9/25/12 10:31 AM

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