Martin Klizan claims St. Petersburg
The third-seeded Klizan broke the fourth-seeded Fognini twice in the first set and four times in the second. The last break came in the final game, when the left-hander hit a cross-court forehand winner to seal the victory.
Need the scores from any match played in today's tournaments? Results
Klizan had used his only ace of the match to close out the first set.
In the past seven months, the 23-year-old Slovak has moved up from No. 121 in the world to a career-high 45th. His breakthrough season included reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open by beating No. 6-ranked Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.
Fognini, ranked 53rd, was playing in his second ATP final but is still looking for his first title.
Klizan reached the final in St. Petersburg by upsetting top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in a three-set match that lasted nearly four hours Saturday. After a short break, Klizan played a doubles semifinal, which he and his partner lost.
"I was really dead yesterday after the match, but I played very solid this week and I'm very happy that I won this week," Klizan said. "It's my first title and I hope not last, and I hope I can make more points in the end of this season."
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
MORE TENNIS HEADLINES
- Berdych ousts No. 3 Nadal in Aussie quarters
- Sharapova cruises to semis, will face Makarova
- Keys bests Brengle in battle of Madisons
- Bryan brothers eliminated in Aussie doubles