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Tomic upsets Fognini to win Chengdu Open

China Tennis Chengdu Open

Bernard Tomic of Australia reacts after beating Joao Sousa of Portugal in their semifinal match in the ATP 250 Chengdu Open tennis tournament in Chengdu in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Tomic beat Sousa, 2-0. (Chinatopix via AP)


CHENGDU, China -- Bernard Tomic upset top-seeded Fabio Fognini 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7) to win the Chengdu Open championship on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Australian, ranked No. 123 in the world, smashed 12 aces and saved seven of 11 break points he faced to win his first ATP title since Bogota 2015.

The No. 13th-ranked Fognini fell short in his attempt to become the first Italian to win four tour-level titles in one season, following wins at Sao Paolo, Bastad and Los Cabos earlier this year.