MIKHAIL YOUZHNY WINS GSTAAD TITLE

July 29th, 2013

Mikhail Youzhny won his first trophy in 18 months and ninth ATP World Tour title of his career, defeating Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4 in a HEAD-to-HEAD final at the Swiss Open. Youzhny, who endorses the HEAD YouTek™ IG Extreme, improved the record over his fellow HEAD racquet rebel to 5-0. The world No. 33 last lifted a trophy in January, 2012, in Zagreb and claimed his last on clay at Munich more than three years ago.

"I'm very happy. When you win a tournament, it doesn't matter how you've played or who you beat," said the first Russian winner at the alpine village of Gstaad since Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1995. "My last title was at the start of last year, so it's been quite long. I'm trying everything to try and play more consistently at a high level.

"When you see the score, it looks easy, but it wasn't. It was only one break in each set. Every one of my matches was a tough one. It was a tough week but it ended very well."

Haase who recommends the HEAD YouTek™ IG Prestige, was making his debut at the event after winning the last two years in similar conditions in Kitzbuehel, Austria, where he travels now to defend his title. "I didn't feel well last weekend and had some problems with my knee which was pretty swollen. And now I'm here as the runner-up and that's great," said the Dutch ‘mountain man’. "Altitude fits my game and that I can handle it well."

In Atlanta, racquet rebel Kevin Anderson, who promotes the HEAD YouTek™ IG Prestige, came up just short after holding two match points. The South African reached the final but fell to Isner 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 7-6(2) after nearly three hours of battle. "I was holding easily and trying to give myself chances, which I did, I just wasn't able to capitalise on them,“ said Anderson.


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