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Robredo denies Fognini hat-trick

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Originally published on: 29/07/13 00:00

Robredo, 31, claimed his second title of the year with a 6-0 6-3 victory on the clay to deny Fognini a hat-trick of titles.

Fognini, who had won back-to-back titles in Stuttgart and Hamburg, was was bidding to win a third career title in as many weeks, only to be thwarted in the final.

For Robredo, victory sees him return to the world’s top 25 for the first time since May 2010. Having been ranked as low as 470 in the world just 14 months ago, the Spaniard was delighted to land his 12th career trophy.

"I'm more than happy," Robredo said. "I've been a professional for nearly 15 years and this is my 12th title, so there have not been many times with trophies. I love the emotion.

“Money can't buy this feeling and I'm lucky to be part of this sport and lucky to have the chance to feel these feelings. I enjoy it and I know how to handle it.”

Meanwhile at the BB&T Atlanta Open, John Isner lived up to his reputation as a marathon man as he saved two match points before edging out Kevin Anderson 6-7(3) 7-6(2) 7-6(2) in the longest best-of-three sets final on the ATP tour this season.

Elsewhere Mikhail Youzhny lifted his ninth career title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Robin Haase to win the Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad in Swizerland.

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