Fognini upsets del Potro in Los Cabos final

ATP Los Cabos Fabio Fognini eases past Juan Martin del Potro to win title

ATP Los Cabos Fabio Fognini eases past Juan Martin del Potro to win title

Del Potro will face second-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy, a 6-4, 6-2 victor over British left-hander Cameron Norrie in the first semifinal.

The 31-year-old Italian Fabio Fognini has continued to build one of the best seasons of his career with a swift victory over the top seed Juan Martin del Potro, 6-4, 6-2, in Los Cabos, Mexico.

He is projected to rise one spot in the new world rankings on Monday to No. 14.

This is their second meeting with Del Potro winning their previous encounter in 2015 in Sydney, Australia. the Argentine was gunning for his second title in Mexico this year.

The win came in some style, too, after Fognini looked destined to go out of the tournament in his opener.

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But her American opponent fought back strongly in the final set, taking three breaks of serve to clinch a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 victory.

Del Potro was unable to create any breathing room in the "breaker" and even needed to produce a backhand down-the-line passing shot victor to stave off a set point.

In the semifinals, the 2009 US Open champion will face third-seeded Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the semifinals. But Fabio deserved to win. Unfortunately, I couldn't play my best tennis in the final. "I made some mistakes in the end of the set, but then I played a smart game in the tie-break".

Fognini, who also enjoyed a first round bye, began his tournament with a comeback win against Frenchman Quentin Halys who he defeated 2-6 6-4 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals. "But in many ways I'm looking forward to keep playing better and better in the next tournaments", Del Potro said.

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