BMW OPEN BY FWU AG
Fognini To Face Klizan For Munich Title
by ATP Staff|
Top seed Fabio Fognini will play qualifier Martin Klizan for the BMW Open by FWU AG title on Sunday. Though Fognini has won their past three FedEx ATP Head2Head clashes, Klizan beat the Italian in October 2012 for his first ATP World Tour title at St. Petersburg.
World No. 13 Fognini will attempt to capture his fourth clay-court crown, in his eighth championship match (3-4 record), against the No. 111-ranked Klizan.
Fognini cruised past qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-1 in just over one hour on Saturday to improve his match record this year to 26-8.
"It was a difficult match," Fognini told ATPWorldTour.com. "I am happy because I am in the final on my debut here. Tomorrow will be tough as I know Martin very well and he plays really good. Though I have beaten him the past few times, I will have to be careful as a final is a special match."
He has lifted an ATP World Tour trophy this year at the Royal Guard Open Chile in Vina del Mar (d. L. Mayer). He also reached the Copa Claro final in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer).
Klizan reached his second ATP World Tour final.
The qualifier defeated second seed Tommy Haas, the defending champion, 6-3, 6-2 in 64 minutes.
“Conditions were very tough today, but it was the same for both of us” said Klizan, who is now coached by Martin Damm. “I think I am playing very good tennis now.
“It will be a very tough match in the final, so it will be good for the crowd. I will try and play good tennis and enjoy it.”
Fleming/Hutchins Reach Doubles Final
British duo Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins defeated Dustin Brown and Julian Knowle 6-3, 6-2 in 57 minutes to advance to their first ATP World Tour team final for 23 months (2013 Eastbourne).
They will attempt to win their fourth title against third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers, who have a 3-1 team record in finals. Hutchins returned to the ATP World Tour in January, having recovered from Hodgkin's lymphoma that was diagnosed 12 months earlier.