By Erik Gudris | Friday, July 25, 2014
After waiting a year, Robin Haase got revenge for losing in last year's Gstaad final to Mikhail Youzhny.
Friday's quarterfinals featured No. 7 seed Haase taking on defending champion and top seed Youzhny of Russia at the Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad.
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Youzhny took control by winning the first set. Haase replied by jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the second set. The Dutchman went on to take it 6-1.
Haase earned a break advantage in the final set and soon served for the match at 5-4. Despite blowing three match points while up 40-0, Haase eventually closed out the 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win.
Next for Haase will be Argentina's Juan Monaco. Despite currently being ranked outside of the top 100, Monaco continues showing good from this week.
Monaco defeated two-time former event champion Thomaz Bellucci 7-6(1), 6-1 in 90 minutes. This marks the first semifinal appearance for Monaco in over 12 months.
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An all-Spanish semifinal awaits on the other side of the Gstaad draw.
Pablo Andujar upset No. 2 seed Marcel Granollers 7-5, 6-3. Andujar won in 75 minutes on the strength of 77% first serves.
No. 4 seed Fernando Verdasco booked his spot in the final four as well. Verdasco ended the comeback run of Serbia's Viktor Troicki playing in his first tournament of the year.
Verdasco led by a set and up 4-0 in the second set tiebreak before Troicki rallied to force a decider. Ultimately, Verdasco would run away with the final set to win 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-1.