Ranked 31 in the world Fabio Fognini claimed his fifth ATP World Tour title at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad 2017 in Switzerland.
Fognini was a man in command to beat 170th-ranked qualifier Yannick Hanfmann with a comfortable 6-4, 7-5 victory in Sunday’s Swiss Open final.
The victory by Fognini, who was playing in his 13th ATP final, was first of the year. He has now 5-8 win-loss record in finals on the ATP tour where all of his five victories came from clay.
“It’s always a good feeling when you win. Our job is winning matches and of course I’m happy with this. It was a really tough week for me. I remember my first match was really difficult. I couldn’t play. I lost the first set 6-1 in 20 minutes, but in the end I won the match. I said to my team that if I continue playing like that, I’ll go home. That’s the sport. Every day I was feeling better and now I’m here with the title.” Fognini said
The 30-year-old fourth seeded Italian will received €85,945 in prize money and 250 ATP rankings points for a successful return to Gstaad.
Meanwhile, Hanfmann will celeberate the best week of his professional career taking home €45,265 prize money and 150 Emirates ATP points.
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