Youzhny thumps Haase for Swiss Open crown|
Gstaad, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Mikhail Youzhny of Russia topped
Dutchman Robin Haase for the title at the Swiss Open.
Youzhny needed just 68 minutes to post a 6-3, 6-4 victory in Sunday's final,
earning his ninth career title and first since February 2012 in Zagreb. He
owns a career record of 9-11 in ATP title matches.
The 31-year-old veteran was playing in his second final of 2013. He lost to
Roger Federer at the Gerry Weber Open in June.
"I'm very happy," said Youzhny. "When you win a tournament, it doesn't matter
how you've played or who you beat. My last title was at the start of last year
in Zagreb, so it's been quite long. I'm trying everything to try and play more
consistently at a high level."
Youzhny, seeded sixth this week, went three sets to win each of his first
three matches -- saving three match points before beating Juan Monaco in the
quarterfinals. He then cruised past Victor Hanescu in the semis before
Haase also lost to Youzhny in the first round at Wimbledon and fell to 0-5
lifetime against the Russian. He lost in an ATP final for the first time in
three all-time tries, having won in Kitzbuhel each of the last two years.
"It's tough to play against Mikhail," said Haase. "He's a great player and I
never beat him."
Kitzbuhel is up next on the ATP slate, starting Monday. Haase will open
defense of the crown against Frenchman Guillaume Rufin in the first round.
Youzhny, the first Russian to win in Gstaad since Yegeny Kafelnikov in 1995,
earned a first prize of $98,250.
07/28 09:59:18 ET