Fognini Moves Closer To Italian History In Chengdu
The World No. 13, winner of three tour-level crowns this season, booked his place in his fourth final of the season after one hour and 49 minutes, winning 61 per cent of second-serve return points en route to victory. If Fognini adds the Chengdu trophy to his titles in Sao Paulo, Bastad and Los Cabos, the 31-year-old will become the first Italian on record to win four tour-level titles in one season.
"I am happy because it was a great match," said Fognini. "I returned really well and was moving better and better. I am happy to be in the final here in Chengdu."
With his 40th tour-level win of the season (40-18), Fognini, improves to 4-3 in semi-finals this year. Fognini owns an 8-9 record in championship matches at tour-level, but has won each of his three final appearances this season.
"It is my best year so far. I am really happy that the first time I visit Chengdu, I am in my first final," said Fognini.
Fritz was bidding to reach his second ATP World Tour final (also 2016 Memphis) as he bids to qualify for November's Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. The 21-year-old owns 19 wins from 33 tour-level matches this season.
Top-seeded Fognini will face Bernard Tomic in Sunday's final. The 25-year-old Australian defeated Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-4 to reach his first ATP World Tour final since 2016 Acapulco. Tomic fired 12 aces and saved all three break points he faced to overcome the Millennium Estoril Open champion after 75 minutes.
"I have been playing enough tennis in the past two or three months and it has all been paying off," said Tomic. "I am happy to get back [into a final] and a chance to win my fourth title is huge."
World No. 123 Tomic, who recently lifted an ATP Challenger Tour title in Mallorca, will aim to capture his first tour-level trophy since 2015 Bogota. Fognini owns a 2-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Tomic.
"Fabio is playing ridiculous, he has won three titles this year and he wants to win another one," said Tomic. "He wants to make the [ATP Finals] so for him this is an important match, but I have got nothing to lose. We will see tomorrow."
Did You Know?
Last week, Fognini ended a two-year doubles title drought in St. Petersburg. Fognini, on his team debut alongside countryman Matteo Berrettini, defeated defending champions Roman Jebavy and Matwe Middelkoop in the championship match.