Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini brushed past Leonardo Mayer on Sunday afternoon to win his first title of the season in Vina Del Mar. The world No. 15 needed 83 minutes to seal the 6-2, 6-4 victory over the first time finalist.
Now 19-1 on clay courts since the 2013 French Open, Fognini has won three of his last four tournaments on the red surface, including the Royal Guard Open Chile final, which marked his first title this season. He also earned $77,315 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points for his efforts.
“This was another important week for me,” said Fognini. “I was coming from reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open after overcoming an injury I had earlier in the year. I couldn’t ask for a better start of the season. It’s the third title, it’s important, and now I go to Buenos Aires with a lot of confidence”.
Mayer earned $40,720 and 150 ranking points for achievements this week and will also rise 33 spots to World No. 58, which is nearing his career-best ranking back in 2010. The Argentine admit following the match that he was sick that morning and was contemplating withdrawing from the final.
“I didn’t play that well today and he played incredible,” said Mayer. “I was sick in the morning, I almost didn’t play, but later the doctors and I decided that I could play.”