ATP Hamburg and Bogota Recap: Fognini, Karlovic Make Some Noise on Different Continents
Fabio Fognini followed up his maiden title with yet another in Hamburg, surviving 3 match points against qualifier Federico Delbonis to win 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. Delbonis probably should have won, but the Italian, who is playing liberated tennis at the moment, simply got it done.
Fognini beat Albert Ramos, Marcel Granollers, Tommy Haas and Nicolas Almagro, all without dropping a set and not showing any signs of fatigue before the final.
The 22-year-old Delbonis beat Julian Reister, Tommy Robredo in 3 sets, Dmitry Tursunov, Fernando Verdasco in 3 sets and Roger Federer in straights, all after qualifying.
Marcin Matkowski and Mariusz Fyrstenberg beat Alex Peya and Bruno Soares for the doubles title, their first of the year.
Ivo Karlovic was not broken the entire tournament, as he blitzed Alejandro Falla 6-3, 7-6 in just over an hour to take home a title that gives him one on every ATP surface (indoor and outdoor hard, grass and clay) It also returns him to the top 100.
The Croat has been amazing in his return from meningitis, battling past Juan Londero, Igor Sijsling, Adrian Mannarino and Kevin Anderson to reach the final.
Falla did well at home in the altitude of Bogota, beating Xavier Malisse, Matt Ebden, Janko Tipsarevic in 3 sets and Vasek Pospisil in 3 sets.
Purav Raja and Divij Sharan beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Igor Sijsling for the doubles title.
—Steen Kirby, Tenniseastcoast.com