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Fognini beats del Potro in Los Cabos final

07 August, 2018, 18:36 | Author: Tommie Newton
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World number four Del Potro, the top seed for the ATP 250 event in Baja California Sur, had to work hard to get past his Bosnian opponent, particularly in the second set. The Italian was on fire now and he broke again in game seven when Juan Martin netted a forehand and Fognini held after a deuce in game 10 with a service victor for a 6-4.

Ranked 15th in the world, the 31-year-old Fognini claimed his third title of the year (Bastad, Sao Paulo) and eighth of his career and first ever on hardcourts. The Italian then overwhelmed Britain's Cameron Norrie, who was competing in his second straight semifinal, 6-4 6-2.

The No3 seed broke Watson twice and lost one service game in the first set, while the Briton did similar in the second.

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In their third meeting, in the qualifying for the Italian Open in 2007, Fognini won by virtue of a del Potro retirement. Del Potro sprayed another forehand error in game five to give his serve away one more time, losing 10 of the last 12 games to find himself in a very tough position if he wanted to turn the scoreboard around and win the title.

After dropping the first three games, Fognini fought back and used his forehand to push Argentina's Del Potro behind the baseline. He will also partner del Potro in the doubles to lock horns with compatriot Marco Cecchinato and Damir Dzumhur. "But in many ways I'm looking forward to keep playing better and better in the next tournaments", Del Potro said. Unfortunately, I couldn't play my best tennis in the final. "He took all the chances to win, and I think he's a good victor of the tournament".

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