Lucky Loser Mayer Wins Hamburg, Fognini Takes Gstaad
Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
30 year old Leonardo Mayer lost in qualifying in Hamburg, but came back to win the title 6-4 4-6 6-3 over home hero Florian Mayer of Germany. Mayer was under pressure on serve in the third set, and got nipped in the second, but fought hard on clay to get the win. The Argentine has two career ATP titles and they have both come in Hamburg. After taking a lucky loser spot he defeated Albert Ramos from a set down, needing a third set tiebreak to grab the upset. Jan-Lennard Struff, Jiri Vesely, and Federico Delbonis, his countryman, fell to him prior to final. The elder Mayer, 33, defeated Marco Cecchinato, Andrey Kuznetsov, Diego Schwartzman, and Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the final. The result for both Mayer’s boosts their rankings, as Hamburg is probably the weakest 500 level stop on tour.
Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic won the doubles final over Pablo Cuevas and Marc Lopez.
Fabio Fognini won his fourth ATP title, defeating qualifier Yannick Hanfmann, a first time ATP finalist, 6-4 7-5. It was a long week for Fognini, he needed three sets against Norbert Gombos, Ernests Gulbis, and Roberto Bautista Agut. Hanfmann, 25, won six matches to reach his first career final, and needed three sets in all of his main draw wins, a rare feat that both players needed the maximum number of sets in their matches to reach the final. Hanfmann has 7 ATP wins this year, prior to this year he had none.
Olivier Marach and Philipp Oswald beat Jonathan Eysseric and Franko Skugor in the doubles final.