Martin Klizan beat Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-2 in the all-qualifier final at the Generali Open on Saturday in Kitzbuhel, Austria. It was just the second all-qualifier final since the ATP World Tour was established in 1990.
It was the sixth career title for Klizan.
“I think my performance today was the best of the tournament,” said Klizan. “There was pressure for both of us…I did a great job today and I deserved to win. I played a very solid game.”
The Slovak converted all four of his break point opportunities over the two sets. The 29 year old improved to 6-0 career in ATP finals, four of which have come on clay.
“Sometimes in the finals I was lucky, sometimes it was hard work and sometimes I was better on court. You never know what is going to happen,” said Klizan. “I am just happy to have that kind of statistic, winning six titles from six finals. In doubles, I have four titles from four finals…It is very good and I am very proud.”
The 31-year-old Istomin dropped to 2-5 in career finals.
“It is just so sad that I could not show my best game and a good fight in the final,” said Istomin. “He played very well today, so there were not so many chances to break him.”
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