Fabio Fognini is still a man to beat at ATP World Tour – he won the thirteenth straight match in Umag today to book a ticket in his third consecutive ATP final after conquering Stuttgart and Hamburg earlier in July. He swept his semi-final opponent Gael Monfils off the court in the first set which was done and dusted in nineteen minutes with the Frenchman getting a bagel. He finally got on the board after rescuing a double break ball in the second game of the set two and broke the Italian a couple of times later in the set to level the terms. The decider seemed like it would be the repetition of the opener as the third seed Italian grabbed three breaks and served for the match at 5-0, but Monfils pulled off a miraculous comeback – he won six games in a row and created three match balls at 6-5. However, there was another twist in the plot – the currently undefeatable Italian sprung back to life and forced the tie-break where he converted his first match point. End score: 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (3) after almost two hours of play.
Fifth-seeded Tommy Robredo prevented an all-Italian final at Vegeta Croatia Open by beating Andreas Seppi, seed number two. The Spaniard could only consolidate the second one of his first set breaks before serving the opener out. Seppi then dominated the following set and squared things up after breaking his rival for the second time. In the decider Robredo broke in the fifth game and made it 4-2 after denying the Italian three chances to peg back. He held his remaining two service games as well and wrapped up a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory by putting away the match ball number one. The 31-year-old will be looking to grab his second trophy of the year after conquering Casablanca in April. He leads the head-to-head against Fognini 3-1 with the Italian prevailing in their last meeting in Vienna two years ago.
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