GSTAAD, July 30, 2017
Fabio Fognini claimed his fifth ATP World Tour title and first of the year in the Swiss mountain town of Gstaad. The fourth seed from Italy defeated German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 6-4, 7-5 in Sunday’s final.
Fogini won 74 per cent of his first service games and broke serve three times to finish the encountera after one hour and 33 minutes.
It was Fognini’s first trip to the ATP World Tour 250 event in 10 years, since losing in the final round of qualifying in 2007.
“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… This is the first title as a father, so it’s something different and special,” Fognini told.
Hanfmann caps the best week of his pro career, reaching his first ATP World Tour final as a qualifier, having claimed his first Top 50 win over defending champion Feliciano López.
“Fabio was the better man today, he deserves to win. I had an amazing week here in Gstaad, the crowd was great. I come from college tennis and I’m used to great crowds, but the atmosphere here was unbelievable,” the German said.
Later in the day, Austrian’s Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald took the doubles title, winning 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in the final against Jonathan Eysseric of France and Franko Skugor from Croatia. The encounter lasted one hour and 26 minutes.
“We had almost lost and then we came back into the match and played some amazing points during the match tie-break. I want to thank Philipp for an amazing week here in Gstaad,” said Marach, who earned his 16th tour-level title.
“This is probably the most beautiful victory of my career. So close to home and with my family in the stands it feels very special,” added Oswald, who captured his fifth career ATP World Tour title and second of the 2017 season, following his triumph in Quito.