Posted: Mon September 24, 2012 9:18PM; Updated: Mon September 24, 2012 9:17PM

Klizan wins 1st ATP title in St Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Martin Klizan of Slovakia defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to win his first career ATP title at the St. Petersburg Open.

The third-seeded Klizan broke the fourth-seeded Fognini twice in the first set and four times in the second. The last break came in the final game, when the left-hander hit a cross-court forehand winner to seal the victory.

Klizan had used his only ace of the match to close out the first set.

The 23-year-old Slovak is ranked a career-high No. 45 in the world after reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open by beating sixth-ranked Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.

Fognini, ranked 53rd, was playing in his second ATP final but is still looking for his first title.

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