CREDIT AGRICOLE SUISSE OPEN GSTAAD 2014
Monaco, Andujar Reach Gstaad Final
by ATP Staff|
Juan Monaco will break back into the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday after a strong week at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad, where he has reached his first championship match for 12 months (2013 Kitzbühel).
Monaco will contest his 19th ATP World Tour final (8-10 record) against Spaniard Pablo Andujar at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament. The pair will meet for the first time.
The 30-year-old Argentinean, who is currently at No. 105, defeated last year’s finalist and seventh seed Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6(4) on Saturday in one hour and 45 minutes. He recovered from a 0-3 deficit in the first set and found himself 0-2 down in the second set, before winning three straight games.
"At the beginning I didn't play well and he led 3-0," said Monaco. "But I got into the match. I got rhythm and was in control. In the second set, I got a bit nervous as this is my first semi-final of the year. At the end, I relaxed and played my tennis. I am happy to have reached the final. I did not play after Tokyo [last October] for two months. It was not easy. I could not play the way I wanted to. I am happy now that I am in good shape. The victories will come." Monaco has experienced back, wrist and ankle injuries in 2014.
Andujar came within two points of beating 2011 runner-up Fernando Verdasco, on three occasions, when he served at 5-3 in the second set. But two double faults in the ninth game cost him. Verdasco capitalised on the gifts, but he was broken when serving at 6-5. Although Verdasco cruised through the tie-break, Andujar regained his composure for a 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-1 victory in two hours and 15 minutes.
Andujar will be hoping to improve his 2-3 record in finals on Sunday. It will be his first title match appearance since he won the 2012 Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca.
Monaco will attempt to become the fifth Argentine to lift the Gstaad trophy. He is bidding to following in the footsteps of Guillermo Vilas (1974, '78), Jose Luis Clerc (1982), Martin Jaite (1990) and Gaston Gaudio (2005).
Monaco is at his best on clay, with 209 of his 295 career wins coming on the surface as well as seven of his eight titles.
The start of play was delayed by three hours on Saturday due to heavy rain.
Begemann/Haase Reach Final
Andre Begemann and Robin Haase advanced to the doubles final with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Facundo Bagnis and Federico Delbonis. Begemann is seeking his fourth ATP World Tour crown and second of the year, following a title run at the Gerry Weber Open. Haase is eyeing a second title in seven finals.