Martin reaches first ATP final, will face Fognini at Croatia Open

by: AP | July 23, 2016

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The 124th-ranked Martin won four straight games to close the match. (Wikimedia Commons)

UMAG, Croatia (AP) Andrej Martin of Slovakia reached his first career ATP final after defeating Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 7-6 (4), 6-4 Saturday in the last four of the Croatian Open.

He faces fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in the final. The 2013 finalist beat Gastao Elias of Portugal 6-3, 6-3.

Martin and Berlocq played each other in Umag two years ago, when the Argentine won in the first round.

After an unpredictable first set Saturday - with six breaks in the first eight games - Berlocq led 4-2 in the second set before the 124th-ranked Martin won four straight games to close the match.

Fognini did not face a single break point against Elias.

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