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Fognini & Berlocq take ATP titles
Fabio Fognini rallied to beat second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 5-7 6-4 6-4 in the final of the ATP Mercedes Cup on Sunday for his first career title.
The fifth-seeded Italian won on the sun-drenched clay court after taking a 4-1 lead in the final set.
Fognini lost his first two career finals last year and went into the match with a 0-2 record against Kohlschreiber. Although he could not capitalize on an early break in the first set, Fognini took a 3-1 lead in the second. Kohlschreiber saved four set points in the eighth game before Fognini served out the set.
Fognini led 4-1 before dropping serve in the third. He held on and became the first Italian champion in Stuttgart.
Elsewhere, Carlos Berlocq upset eighth-seeded Fernando Verdasco to win the clay-court Swedish Open 7-5 6-1 on Sunday for his first ATP Tour title.
Berlocq broke the Spaniard's serve twice in the second set after a grueling opening set that lasted more than an hour.
It was the second ATP final of the 30-year-old Argentine's career.