Youzhny reaches Gstaad final
Mikhail Youzhny reached the final of the Swiss Open after comfortably dispatching Victor Hanescu 6-3 6-3.
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The 31-year-old will aim to become the first Russian champion on the high-altitude clay of Gstaad.
Sixth-seeded Youzhny, whose last final outing ended in defeat to Roger Federer at June's Gerry Weber Open, saved four break points to keep the 2008 champion from Romania under wraps.
The two-time US Open semi-finalist is chasing a ninth ATP Tour title while Hanescu, who won in Switzerland five years ago, misses the chance to contest a trophy for the first time since May 2011.
"I made a semi-final in 2011 but it's great to go even further," said Youzhny, who saved three match points in his quarter-final against Juan Monaco.
"Even during the times when I had lost early here, I would stay around all the week.
"I love it here, it's so beautiful," he said of the VIP hideaway located at 800 metres above sea level.
Standing in Youzhny's way will be Robin Haase, who recovered from a set down to oust fifth seed Feliciano Lopez this afternoon.
The two-time titlist on the clay courts of the Austrian Open, Dutchman Haase followed up midweek wins over third seed Janko Tipsarevic and Marcel Granollers to beat Spain's Lopez 4-6 6-1 6-4 over an hour and 48 minutes.
Haase wobbled under a six-ace raid from Lopez - the 2006 runner-up - in the first set, but he quickly turned the tables to level the match by maintaining a 92 per cent record on his first serve.
The decider was a more even affair, with Lopez saving two of three break points, but it was Haase who powered down one final ace to reach tomorrow's showdown.