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Youzhny Saves 3 M.P. To Edge Monaco; Haase To Face Lopez

Gstaad, Switzerland

Youzhny© Valeriano Di Domenico/freshfocusMikhail Youzhny saved three match points on Friday.

Mikhail Youzhny saved three match points against fourth seed Juan Monaco on Friday for a place in the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad semi-finals.

Youzhny recovered from 4-6 and 6-7 in the third-set tie-break to win 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(7) in two hours and 34 minutes. He also reached the 2011 semi-finals (l. to Granollers).

"I was a bit lucky in the important moments today, saving match points and playing long rallies that were very close," said Youzhny. "My first match was tough due to the conditions and I’m glad to be in the semi-finals now, having beaten a great player like Monaco today."

Youzhny, currently No. 33 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is bidding to capture his ninth ATP World Tour title this week. He will next play 2008 Gstaad champion Victor Hanescu.

Hanescu beat Roger Federer's conqueror, Daniel Brands, 6-3, 6-4 to reach his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the season. Hanescu also reached the last four at the MercedesCup (l. to Kohlschreiber). He has a 4-4 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Youzhny, including a win at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in April.

World No. 57 Robin Haase reached his second semi-final of the season as he battled past 2011 champion Marcel Granollers 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(5) in two hours and 30 minutes. The Dutchman had upset third seed Janko Tipsarevic in the second round and is looking to reach his third ATP World Tour final. 

Haase goes on to face fifth seed Feliciano Lopez. The Spaniard was leading second seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 2-6, 4-3 when the Swiss retired with a lower back injury. Haase has a 1-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Lopez, winning their one clay-court contest two years ago in Kitzbuhel. 

"The back problems started in the middle of the second set," explained Wawrinka. "I also had some problems in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and after Wimbledon. We’ll see tomorrow how I feel. 

"I had a lot of chances in the first set. It’s unfortunate that this happens here. I always want to do extremely well here and I’m disappointed it went like this today. I’ve been playing well this year so far and I really wanted to do well here too."

World No. 29 Lopez is chasing his second ATP World Tour title of the season after victory on grass in Eastbourne (d. Simon), which ended a three-year drought. 

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Doubles Final Line-up Set
Third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers will play Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the doubles final. Murray and Peers will attempt to add to their US Men's Clay Court Championships title, won in April, after they beat Facundo Bagnis and Jamie Delgado 6-1, 6-4 in 56 minutes. Andujar and Garcia-Lopez defeated Florin Mergea and Lukas Rosol 1-6, 6-3, 10-4 in 62 minutes.

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