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Andujar Beats Monaco To Win Third ATP World Tour Title At Gstaad

Gstaad, Switzerland

Andujar© Christian Pfander/Fresh FocusPablo Andujar won his third ATP World Tour title in Gstaad on Sunday.

Pablo Andujar captured his third ATP World Tour title — and his first trophy in more than two years — on Sunday, at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad.

Andujar, who is currently No. 71 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, defeated No. 105-ranked Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-5 in the final at the ATP World Tour clay-court tournament. Spaniards have won the Gstaad crown 13 times since 1990.

"I am very happy," said Andujar. "It was a very tough match. I knew it was going to be a fight, physically. The first set was decided on two points. He got the advantage in the second set, but I played aggressively in the important and final points. I have worked a lot and it is amazing to win a trophy. I finished with an ace, the only ace I hit the whole match."

The 28-year-old Andujar, who improved to a 3-3 record in finals with his first title since retaining the Grand Prix Hassan II crown in April 2012, received €77,315 in prize money and earned 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

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Andujar came under pressure at 3-3 in the first set, when he hit a double fault at 30/30. He saved the break point and in the next game, Monaco lost a 40/15 lead with Andujar hitting a return winner on his second break point opportunity for a 5-3 advantage. He clinched the 53-minute set.

AndujarUndeterred, Monaco bounced back with a break to 30 in the second game of the second set and went on to take a 4-1 lead. Andujar worked his way back with some well-placed service returns, breaking Monaco to 15 for 3-4 but he could not recover from 0/40 in the next game. Andujar responded to win four straight games to end their first meeting. He wrapped up the one-hour and 33-minute encounter with a hold to love.

The 30-year-old Monaco, who has won seven of his eight ATP World Tour titles on clay courts, drops to an 8-11 record in championship matches. He earned €40,720 and 150 points in his failed attempt to become the fifth Argentine to lift the Gstaad trophy. He had been aiming to follow in the footsteps of Guillermo Vilas (1974, '78), Jose-Luis Clerc (1982), Martin Jaite (1990) and Gaston Gaudio (2005).

"I would like to congratulate Pablo," said Monaco, during the trophy presentation ceremony. "I think he had an amazing run this week. He won a couple of good matches and played well to win today. You deserve to win this trophy in this nice city. This is the most beautiful place to play tennis."

Junaid/Mertinak Reach Doubles Final
Barely one hour later, Andujar and Monaco joined forces in an unsuccessful bid to reach the doubles final. Rameez Junaid and Michal Mertinak proved to be insurmountable, winning 6-1, 6-3 in 51 minutes, and will next face third seeds Andre Begemann and Robin Haase for the championship. Junaid will be appearing in his first ATP World Tour final, while Mertinak has a 13-11 record in title matches. The semi-final was postponed from Saturday night.

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