Sunday, September 23, 2012
Martin Klizan beat Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3 to win the 2012 St. Petersburg Open title.
This is Klizan´s first ATP World Tour title and he set to rise to around a career-high World No. 33 in the Rankings. He also won $70,365 in prize money while Fognini got $37,060.
Klizan took a 4-0 lead in the first set and had no problems to close it out.
In the second set the first four games went against serve before Klizan took a decisive break in the seventh game and then reeled off the last three games to seal the win.
"It's always very difficult to play a tournament after Davis Cup," admitted Klizan. "I've played many matches and it was a tough Davis Cup for us, so it was a very, very tough week this one. I was really ‘dead’ yesterday after the match, but I've played really solid this week and I'm very happy to win my first title. I hope I can get more points at the end of this season."
"I said last year that I would like to be Top 100 by the end of this year and I've already done it," said Klizan. "Now I've been Top 50, Top 40, maybe I can be Top 30 at the end of the year. I hope I can be healthy and still with enough power to play until the end of the season. I've played many, many great weeks."
"It's horrible to play a final like this," said Fognini. "I've played two finals this year. Simon in Bucharest was a really great final; we played one hour and 50 minutes and I lost. On the court today he played his best tennis ever and I did not play my best tennis for sure."