Sixth seed Russian Mikhail Youzhny reached the final of Crédit Agricole Suisse Open in Gstaad after dismissing Victor Hanescu in straight sets. The unseeded Romanian went 0-3 down in the beginning of the clash, broke back by 2-3, yet he could not confirm it which allowed Youzhny to restore his one break lead. Hanescu missed an opportunity to break back for the second time at 3-5 and the Russian no. 1 closed out the opener. He was even more dominant in the set number two where he broke his rival to love in the fifth game and added another break to wrap up the proceedings by completing a 6-3, 6-3 triumph. The 31-year-old will be hunting his ninth ATP trophy in Sunday’s final. He was last victorious in Zagreb 2012.
The second finalist is Robin Haase – the Dutch player sent home a two-time Gstaad champion Granollers in the quarter-finals and confirmed his good form by dismissing another Spaniard, fifth-seeded Feliciano Lopez in the semis. The latter took the opening set thanks to a first game break, but was outclassed in the second one where the Dutchman obtained a double break cushion and made it one set between them after holding to love. He opened the decider by grabbing Lopez’s serve again and held on to the advantage – he converted the match ball number one to progress into the final with 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. World no. 56 Haase, who has two ATP titles to his name so far, lost all of his four previous encounters with Youzhny.
“I served well today and I was fighting a lot,” Haase said after the victory. “I was broken early in the first set and that’s the worst thing that can happen to you against Feliciano. But I managed to fight back and I’m very happy to be in the final.”
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