Kohlschreiber, Fognini to vie for Stuttgart crown

Updated: July 13, 2013


Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber will
have the home crowd behind him on Sunday when he takes on Italy’s Fabio
Fognini for the Mercedes Cup title.

The second-seeded Kohlschreiber eased past 2009 Stuttgart runner-up Victor
Hanescu of Romania with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph in the second of Saturday’s

Fognini, seeded fifth this week, needed just 58 minutes to oust Spain’s
Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-1, 6-3, in the first semifinal to reach his third
career ATP World Tour final. He lost his other two title matches, both last
year, falling to Gilles Simon in Bucharest and Martin Klizan in St.
Petersburg, Russia.

Kohlschreiber, meanwhile, is 4-5 lifetime in finals. Three of his previous
four titles have come in Germany, including his most recent win last year in

The 25th-ranked Augsburg native is 0-2 in finals this year. He lost to David
Ferrer in Auckland back in January and fell to countrymate Tommy Haas in
Munich back in May.

Kohlschreiber is also the first German to reach the Stuttgart final since Haas
in 1999. Haas was bounced by Fognini in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Fognini is 0-2 lifetime against Kohlschreiber, losing in straight sets last
year in both Hamburg and Toronto.

This week’s champion will take home $96,000 and a brand new Mercedes-Benz
sports car.