Fabio Fognini defeated Yannick Hanfmann in the Gstaad ATP tournament final on Sunday to win his fifth tour title.
The 31-year-old Italian Fabio Fognini, ranked 31st in the world, was playing in his 13th ATP final and won 6-4 7-5 against the unheralded world No 170 Hanfmann in Switzerland.
The 25-year-old qualifier from Germany, whose run to the final is the best result of his career, lost in just over one hour and a half.
All five of Fognini’s titles have come on clay and the Italian converted three out of eight break point opportunities in the match in comparison to Hanfmann’s solitary break of serve.
Hanfmann, competing in only his third ATP World Tour main draw, had seen off Spanish third seed Feliciano Lopez for his first top-50 win in the second round and saved four match points against 2016 finalist Robin Haase in the semi-finals.
Fognini, whose last title came just over a year ago in Umag, made a fast start in breaking the German’s serve twice from the off to race into a 4-0 lead, before eventually taking the first set 6-4 in forty minutes.
The first-time finalist tested Fognini throughout the second set only for the Italian to secure a decisive break at 5-5 before serving out the match in emphatic fashion.
Leonardo Mayer secured his second career title as he defeated Germany’s Florian Mayer 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the Hamburg clay-court final.
Argentina’s Mayer, ranked 138 in the world, had already won here in 2014 but was a lucky loser this time, profiting from Martin Klizan’s withdrawal due to injury after losing in the final round of qualifying.
After a week in which he notably ousted the top seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Leonardo Mayer will rocket into the top 50 when the latest rankings come out on Monday.
Florian Mayer, 33 years old and 101 in the rankings, had been looking for the first title of his career.