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Youzhny Sets 2013 Final Rematch In Gstaad

Gstaad, Switzerland

Haase© Christian Pfander/Fresh FocusRobin Haase will face Milkhail Youzhny in a re-match of the 2013 final on Friday.

Top seed Mikhail Youzhny opened his title defence at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-4 second-round victory over Kenny de Schepper.

The Russian won the ninth of his 10 ATP World Tour titles last year with victory over Robin Haase in the final. Youzhny advanced in 70 minutes on his return, winning 75 per cent of his service points and breaking de Schepper twice from seven opportunities.

The 32-year-old Youzhny improved to an 11-14 match record on the season and goes on to face seventh seed Haase, who edged Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in two hours and 18 minutes. While Youzhny takes a strong 5-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over Haase into the clash, it was the Dutchman who won their most recent contest in April in Bucharest.

Wild card Viktor Troicki also reached the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Andrey Golubev. The Serb saved six of the seven break points he faced to prevail in 67 minutes in the pair’s first meeting.

Fourth seed Fernando Verdasco will resume his second-round match against German Jan-Lennard Struff on Friday after rain curtailed play. The two players were level at 1-1 in the third set.

Defending Champions Beaten
Argentine duo Facundo Bagnis and Federico Delbonis upset top seeds and defending champions Jamie Murray and John Peers 5-7, 6-4, 11-9 in 80 minutes in the quarter-finals. Bagnis and Delbonis are playing their fourth event of the season together, highlighted by a semi-final showing in Sao Paulo (l. to Cabal/Farah).

Fourth seeds Johan Brunstrom and Nicholas Monroe battled through their opener, beating Marcel Granollers and Eduardo Schwank 5-7, 6-3, 11-9.

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