Fognini stuns del Potro to win Mifel Open title

Tennis

LOS CABOS, Mexico — Second-seeded Fabio Fognini upset top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday night in the Mifel Open final.

Fognini, a 31-year-old Italian ranked 15th in the world, won the hard-court event for his third victory of the year and eighth overall. He also won clay-court titles this year in Bastad and Sao Paulo.

Fognini lost the first three games against del Potro, then won 12 of the last 15.

Del Potro, ranked No. 4 in the world, missed a chance to win in his first event since a five-set loss to Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. The 2009 U.S. Open champion has 22 victories, winning this year on hard courts at Indian Wells and Acapulco.

In the doubles final, third-seeded Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela of Mexico beat Taylor Fritz of the United States and Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia 6-4, 6-4.

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