ST. PETERSBURG OPEN 2012
First-Time Winner Guaranteed In Fognini vs. Klizan Final
St. Petersburg, Russia
by ATP Staff|
World No. 53 Fognini defeated Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 6-4 in the first of Saturday’s semi-finals. The fourth-seeded Italian broke serve three times and won 75 per cent of points behind his first serve to claim victory in 79 minutes.
The 25-year-old Fognini is through to his second ATP World Tour final, having finished runner-up to Gilles Simon on clay earlier in the season at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest. The right-hander has a 22-19 match record on the season, having also reached the quarter-finals of the AEGON International in Eastbourne (l. to Roddick).
The 23-year-old Klizan held off top seed and 2004 champion Mikhail Youzhny 6-7(11), 6-4, 7-6(3) in a match lasting just under four hours. The Slovakian squandered the opportunity to serve out the match at 5-3 in the decider, but held his nerve in the tie-break to reach his first final.
Klizan is at a career-high World No. 45 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings after a breakthrough run at the US Open, which saw him beat the No. 6-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga en route to the fourth round (l. to Cilic). Earlier in the season he was also a semi-finalist in Kitzbuhel (l. to Haase) and has won four ATP Challenger Tour titles.