ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Fabio Fognini will play for his second ATP title of the year and Damir Dzumhur for the first of his career in the final of the St. Petersburg Open.
The third-seeded Fognini eliminated top-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 2-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 (5) in 2 1/2 hours in the semifinals on Saturday. The Italian broke Bautista Agut only once, in the second set.
Fognini also beat Bautista Agut in July at Gstaad, where he won his fourth career title, all on clay. St. Petersburg, where he was a finalist in 2012, is on an indoor hard-court.
The unseeded Dzumhur defeated eighth-seeded Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 7-5. In a match of vulnerable servers, Struff was the least effective in winning less than 30 percent of his second serves and losing his serves five times.
“I was making him play more, because he likes fast points,” Dzumhur said. “I won because I didn’t give him easy balls that he likes.”
Dzumhur, of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is at a career-high ranking of 55 after reaching his first career final last month in Winston-Salem.
He has a 0-2 win record against Fognini.
GSTAAD, Switzerland — Fabio Fognini won his fifth career title by beating 170th-ranked qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 6-4, 7-5 in the Swiss Open final on Sunday.
The fourth-seeded Italian was always in control, racing to a 4-0 lead in the first set and never allowing a break-point chance in the second.
Fognini’s fifth title, all on outdoor clay courts, came from a wild-card entry to play at the Swiss Alps ski resort.
He earned a prize of 86,000 euros ($101,000), and the 25-year-old Hanfmann got a career-best 45,000-euro check ($53,000) for his full week’s work.
The 31st-ranked Fognini is now 5-8 in finals on the ATP tour.
MOSCOW — Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta came back from a set down to beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini and win the Kremlin Cup on Sunday.
Carreno Busta won his second career title 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 despite needing treatment on his ankle midway through the second set.
Fognini saved two match points in the final game before Carreno Busta secured the win, dropping to his knees in celebration.
The victory caps a strong season for the 25-year-old Spaniard, who won his first ATP title at the Winston-Salem Open in August.
He is 2-2 in career finals, while Fognini drops to 4-8.
On Saturday, Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova won the women’s Kremlin Cup title, beating Australia’s Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-1.