Fognini stuns Del Potro for Los Cabos title


Second-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini cruised past top-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-2 to claim the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel title in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Fognini gave up an opening break and fell in a 3-0 hole but was nearly flawless from there, starting with a streak of five consecutive games.

He converted his second set point and then broke del Potro twice early in the second set to grab a 5-1 advantage and wrap up the match in 79 minutes.

Again, sporting a bizarre hairstyle that he said was the result of a lost bet, Fognini won 61 of 108 total points (56 per cent) while converting all four of his opportunities to break del Potro, who had won the only previous tournament matchup between the pair.

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.

He has never ranked higher than 13th in the world in his career.

Del Potro, the world’s fourth-ranked player, had won previously in Mexico this year at Acapulco, but he lost 12 of the final 15 games of the match.

“Unfortunately, I couldn’t play my best tennis in the final,’’ del Potro said afterwards.

“But Fabio deserved to win. He played a very smart game.

“He took all the chances to win and I think he’s a good winner of the tournament.’’