ATP Suisse Open: Mikhail Youzhny wins ninth career ATP title
Russia's Mikhail Youzhny won the ATP Suisse Open at his eighth attempt after beating Robin Haase in straight sets.
Last Updated: 28/07/13 6:27pm
The World No 33 lifted his ninth ATP World Tour title - and first since February 2012 - with a 6-3 6-4 win over his Dutch opponent on the high-altitude clay of Gstaad.
After needing to save three match points against Juan Monaco in the quarter-finals, Youzhny delivered much more dominant displays against Victor Hanescu in the semis and the unseeded Haase in the final.
Youzhny, who had never previously reached the final at Gstaad in seven visits dating back to 2002, needed just 68 minutes to secure the title, converting his third match point.
A break of serve in each set proved enough to complete the job, and a first-serve percentage of 76 per cent ensured Haase wasn't given much of a sniff.
Youzhny has now won all five of his encounters against Haase, who was bidding for his third ATP World Tour crown.
"I never beat you and it kind of hurts, but you deserved it," Haase said in an on-court interview.
Youzhny said: "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."