Robredo beats Fognini to win Umag title

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Fabio Fognini’s great run of victories ended in the Umag 2013 final as fifth seed Tommy Robredo swept him off the court in sixty-two minutes and prevented him lifting the third ATP trophy in as many weeks. The former number five Spaniard (August 2006) thus grabbed his twelfth career title, the second one this year after winning in Casablanca in April.

The third seed Italian, who rescued three match balls against Monfils on Saturday in the semi-finals, was demolished in the opening set in which he collected only six points and was issued a bagel eighteen minutes into the match. Fognini had to raise the level of his game and he earned two breaks in the beginning of the set number two, yet the resurgent Spaniard – he started the year as the World no. 114, but has returned to the Top 30 since – pegged back both times. The recent Stuttgart and Hamburg champion eventually ran out of gas and failed to create any more break points, whilst he suffered another loss of serve by 5-3. His inspired opponent wasted no time as he put the exclamation mark on the match with a hold to love. Robredo sealed his memorable week at Vegeta Croatia Open clay-court tournament with an emphatic 6-0, 6-3 triumph, thus extending his head-to-lead over the Italian to 4-1. He earned 250 ATP Rankings points as well as €74,000.

“I played lovely. I played great,” said Robredo. “It was a perfect match. It’s not easy to play a final and I played very good. I served okay, I returned okay. To win today, I think I did a great job.”

Despite the defeat Fognini will move up to a career-high 16th place on ATP Rankings. “It was an incredible week,” he said at the end of his twelve-match long winning streak. “I go home with a lot of happiness. I’m a little bit disappointed, but even if you’re Roger or Rafa, you’re going to lose some time. I’ve played three incredible weeks and they’re going to stay in my head for the rest of my life.”

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