Fognini crowned champion at Croatia Open

Fabio Fognini ended a run of dour form by defeating Andrej Martin 6-4, 6-1 to win the Croatia Open on Sunday. 

Prior to his win in Umag, Fognini had failed to make it to the business end of a tournament since a semi-final appearance at the ATP BMW Open in April. The victory was his fourth ATP Tour title and his first since he triumphed at the Royal Garden Open in Chile in February 2014. 

After a close opening to the match, Martin, who was playing in his first ATP Tour title, surrendered his serve while trailing 4-5 to hand Fognini the opener.

The Italian was more dominant in the second set as he broke Martin twice en route to taking a 5-0 lead. Fognini didn’t look back from there and went on to win the match in just over an hour.