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Rafael Nadal beat Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5 to win the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg on Sunday. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame some sloppy play on his beloved clay to beat Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5 and win the Hamburg Open for the second time on Sunday.
The Spaniard improved to 67-29 in ATP World Tour finals as he exacted revenge on the Italian, who defeated him twice this year in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona. Nadal also improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Fognini to 5-2.
“It was a great match, many great points, many breaks, we fought hard,” Nadal said. “I had many ups and downs.”
“It’s an important title for me,” Nadal said.
Fognini was trying to become the first player to beat Nadal three times on clay in a year. With six losses this year, Nadal has as many defeats on clay as in three previous years combined.
A 12-minute opening game saw Fognini break Nadal’s serve for an early 1-0 lead. Four breaks of serve later, Nadal finally earned the first hold for 3-2. The top seed would claim the opening set with a forehand down-the-line return winner after 77 minutes.