Italian Fabio Fognini captured his first career hardcourt title on Saturday, surprising Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-2, in the final of the ATP Los Cabos Open. For del Potro, it is the chance to win a third title this year, and a second in Mexico after his triumph in Acapulco.
Del Potro, though, took a quick lead, 3-0, before Fognini settled in, ran the big Argentine ragged with his varied shot-making and tactical nous, and rattled off six of the next seven games.
Italian player Fabio Fognini downed Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro to win his first career hardcourt title.
The Australian was on the brink of crashing out to 20-year-old Andrey Rublev, but turned a second set tiebreak around on his way to securing his spot in the final.
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Again sporting a freakish hairstyle that he has said was the result of a lost bet, Fognini won 61 of 108 total points (56 percent) while converting all four of his opportunities to break Del Potro, who had won the only previous tournament matchup between the pair.
He will face top seed Alexander Zverev in the final, following the German's defeat of Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The 31-year-old Fognini, ranked 15th in the world, is seeking his third victory of the year after winning clay-court tournaments in Bastad and Sao Paolo. He used his forehand to push del Potro behind the baseline. The Bosnian played well, but del Potro had the best of things, winning 6-3 7-6. He played a very smart game.
"It will be tough tomorrow against Fabio", Del Potro said. "He took all the chances to win, and I think he's a good victor of the tournament".