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Tennis: Robredo wins Croatia Open, ends Fognini win streak

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Spanish fifth seed Tommy Robredo won the Croatia Open on Sunday by easily defeating Fabio Fognini 6-0, 6-3, the victory ending the colourful Italian's 13-match winning streak.

Fognini, who had been looking to pick up a third title in three weeks after victories in Stuttgart and Hamburg, ran out of steam after needing to save three match points in his semi-final win over Gael Monfils on Saturday.

"I would like to thank my opponent Fabio who was excellent," said 31-year-old Robredo after receiving the trophy from Croatian President Ivo Josipovic.

"I'm extremely happy to be here today in Umag, that I have have won this tournament. I'm proud of my whole team who have been at my side in good and bad times," added the world number 28.

Fognini, 26, the world number 19, had 31 unforced errors.

"I would like to apologize to the fans that I could not give more in the final -- I was simply too tired from other matches," he said.

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