Youzhny beats Haase and lifts Gstaad trophy

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Sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny became the first Russian to win the Gstaad tournament after Yevgeny Kafelnikov took the crown in 1995. In today’s final he dismissed unseeded Dutch player Robin Haase in straight sets without ever facing a break point threat and obtained his ninth ATP title, the first one after conquering Zagreb in February last year.

The Moscow-born player squandered a break point opportunity in the third game of the opener before seizing the Dutchman’s serve in the eighth one – he served the set out smoothly with a hold to love. The outcome of the following set would be decided early on as Youzhny, currently ranked 33rd, converted the only break ball of the set in the third game. He capped off his convincing performances at Crédit Agricole Suisse Open this week by putting away the third championship point. The Russian number one conquered the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 final triumph after seventy minutes of play, defeating Haase for the fifth time in as many matches. Both players produced four aces, whilst Haase also conceded five double faults and won only 32% of his second serve rallies, half as many as Youzhny.

“I’m very happy. When you win a tournament, it doesn’t matter how you’ve played or who you beat,” Youzhny said after capturing the title. “When you see the score, it looks easy, but it wasn’t, he added.“It was only one break in each set and I didn’t have many chances to break him again. The last game on my serve was also very close.”

Despite losing the final match, Haase was quite pleased with his performances in Gstaad: “I didn’t feel well last weekend and had some problems with my knee which was pretty swollen. And now I’m here as the runner-up and that’s great,” said Haase. “I think that the altitude fits my game and that I can handle it well. It’s tough to play against Mikhail. He’s a great player and I never beat him.”

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