By Erik Gudris | Sunday, July 27, 2014
Spain's Pablo Andujar won his first ATP title in two years with a straight sets victory over Juan Monaco in Gstaad.
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Spain's Pablo Andujar was the last man standing at the Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad after a week that saw multiple seeds lose early.
Sunday's final featured Andujar against fellow unseeded player Juan Monaco of Argentina. Monaco, who recently fell outside the top 100, was back into an ATP final for the first time since Kitzbuhel last year.
The first time meeting between both men started on even terms with each reaching 3-all in the opening set. Andujar fought off a break point in the next game and then would break Monaco for a 5-3 lead.
Andujar then closed out the set 6-3.
Monaco rebounded by leaping out to a 4-1 advantage in the second set. With well-placed returns, Andujar worked his way back to almost level. Yet Monaco countered and looked ready to push the match into a deciding set.
Andujar denied that by winning the last four games of the set. With a final service game that he held at love, Andujar celebrated the 6-3, 7-5 victory giving him his third career ATP title.
Gstaad is the first for the 28-year-old Andujar since winning Casablanca back in 2012.
"I am very happy," Andujar said to ATP.com. "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."
For his efforts this week, Monaco is projected to climb back to No. 81 in the world. Andujar is projected to rise to No. 43.