(July 28, 2013) World No. 33 Mikhail Youzhny became the first Russian champion in 18 years at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad when he beat the Netherlands’ Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4 for the title. The Russian who is 31, joins a group of 30-plus players to win titles on the ATP tour. It’s the 12th time this year that an over 30 player has captured a title.
“I’m very happy, “ said the Russian. “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.
“When you see the score, it looks easy, but it wasn’t. 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.”
“I didn’t feel well last weekend and had some problems with my knee which was pretty swollen,: said the 57th ranked Haase. “And now I’m here as the runner-up and that’s great. 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.”
In the doubles, third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers won their second ATP World Tour team title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia Lopez.
“It’s been good,” Murray said of their pairing. “We’ve been playing a few months now, working hard together to try and get the team as good as we can. We’ve had some good results and we’ll keep trying to go for the future.”
Murray and Peers first teamed up for a title back in February when they won Montpellier.