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Fognini tops Kohlschreiber for Stuttgart crown



Stuttgart, Germany (Sports Network) - Fabio Fognini rallied from a set down to capture the Mercedes Cup title on Sunday.

The fifth-seeded Fognini posted a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over German crowd favorite Philipp Kohlschreiber to become the sixth first-time ATP titlist of the season. Hours earlier, Argentina's Carlos Berlocq became the fifth player to join the list with his Swedish Open triumph.

Fognini, 26, was the second Italian to reach the final at Stuttgart after Andrea Gaudenzi was the runner-up in 1994.

It was Fognini's third appearance in a final, following setbacks last year in Bucharest and St. Petersburg, Russia, and his first win in three lifetime meetings with Kohlschreiber.

The second-seeded Kohlschreiber fell to 4-6 in title matches, including 0-3 this year. Six of his 10 finals have been contested on German soil.

Kohlschreiber was vying to be the first German champion in Stuttgart since Michael Stich in 1991.

07/14 13:36:11 ET