Berlocq and Fognini Win Maiden ATP Titles in Bastad and Stuttgart
Carlos ‘The Warlocq’ Berlocq won his first career ATP title at the age of 30, 7-5 6-1 over Fernando Verdasco on clay in Bastad. It was a long first set that was followed up by a brisk second set for the Argentine.
Berlocq beat Horacio Zeballos, Blaz Kavcic, Albert Ramos and surprise semifinalist Thiemo De Bakker before the final. De Bakker knocked off Tomas Berdych in the quarters.
The Spaniard Verdasco defeated Andreas Vinciguerra, JL Struff, Nicolas Almagro and Grigor Dimitrov to reach the final, the latter two matches both going a full 3 sets and close battles throughout.
Nicolas Monroe and Simon Stadler beat Berlocq and Albert Ramos for the doubles title.
Fabio Fognini was also a first time winner on the ATP tour this week, in 3 sets over Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7 6-4 6-4. Fogna moved to 1-2 in career ATP titles and recovered from losing a lead in the first set to break in the 2nd, and carried that into the 3rd where he went up 4-1 and eventually closed it out.
The Italian rolled past Alex Ward, Leo Mayer, Tommy Haas and Roberto Bautista Agut to make the final. He was so dominant in those matches that he only lost 4 or more games in a single set twice.
Kohli beat Nils Langer, Gael Monfils and Victor Hanescu all easily enough before losing to Fognini.
Facundo Bagnis and Thomaz Bellucci beat the Polish duo of Tomasz Bednarek and Mateusz Kowalczyk to take home the doubles trophy
—Steen Kirby, TennisEastCoast.com