Fognini wins first title in Stuttgart

by: AP | July 14, 2013

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STUTTGART, Germany -- Fabio Fognini rallied beat second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the ATP Mercedes Cup on Sunday for his first career title.

The fifth-seeded Italian won on the sun-drenched clay court after taking a 4-1 lead in the final set.

Fognini lost his first two career finals last year and went into the match with a 0-2 record against Kohlschreiber. Although he could not capitalize on an early break in the first set, Fognini took a 3-1 lead in the second. Kohlschreiber saved four set points in the eighth game before Fognini served out the set.

Fognini led 4-1 before dropping serve in the third. He held on and became the first Italian champion in Stuttgart.

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