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Klizan Fights Back To Lift Munich Crown

Munich, Germany

Martin Klizan battled hard on Sunday to capture his second ATP World Tour title with the 50th match win of his career. 

World No. 111 Klizan broke a three-match losing streak against No. 15-ranked Fabio Fognini in a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory in the BMW Open by FWU AG final, which lasted 89 minutes.  Afterwards, tournament organisers presented him with a white BMW 420d Convertible car.

Klizan received treatment at 1-4 in the first set against the player he had beaten for his first trophy in October 2012 at St. Petersburg. 

“I had problems with my stomach throughout last night,” Klizan told ATPWorldTour.com. “I think I slept only 30 minutes and I am now very tired. I was down after losing the first set, but I just wanted to keep fighting."

He is the first qualifier to lift an ATP World Tour trophy since June 2013, when Nicolas Mahut won at the Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and the first player outside of the Top 100 in the Emirates ATP Rankings to clinch silverware since No. 155 Ivo Karlovic at Bogota last year.

“To come through qualifying - playing eight matches in nine days - is tough. It is difficult to be fit every day," added Klizan. "I beat many good players, from [Mikhail] Youzhny to Tommy [Haas]. I am very proud of myself that it ended happily.”

Klizan received €77,315 in prize money and earned 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points for winning the ATP World Tour clay-court tournament, while Fognini heads to the Mutua Madrid Open with $40,720 and 150 points.

Fognini drops to a 26-9 match record on the season, which includes his third ATP World Tour title at the Royal Guard Open Chile at Vina del Mar (d. L. Mayer).

“It was a great week to have reached a final,” said Fognini. “Tomorrow is another day. There are two big tournaments coming up now. I will keep working hard to try and break into the Top 10 [of the Emirates ATP Rankings]. I have done well this year.”

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