Tennis - Youzhny to face Haase in Gstaad final

Mikhail Youzhny will face Robin Haase in the final at Gstaad, while Fabio Fognini saved three match points to earn a shot at the ATP Umag title.

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Tennis - Youzhny to face Haase in Gstaad final
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Mikhail Youzhny of Russia celebrates his semi-final win at Gstaad (IMAGO

Youzhny, 31, is bidding to become the first Russian champion at the Swiss Open after beating Romania’s Victor Hanescu 6-3 6-3.

Dutchman Haase overcame Feliciano Lopez of Spain 4-6 6-1 6-4 in an hour and 48 minutes.

"I served well today and I was fighting a lot," said Haase.

"I was broken early in the first set and that’s the worst thing that can happen to you against Feliciano.

“But I managed to fight back and I’m very happy to be in the final."

Youzhny has beaten Haase in all four of their previous encounters.

"It will be a difficult match," said Haase. "His game doesn't suit me. He's a great player with a lot of experience."

In Croatia, Fognini won 6-0 3-6 7-6(3) against France’s Gael Monfils, who came from 5-0 down in the decider and saved two match points himself before going out on a tie-break.

Fognini will play Spain’s Tommy Robredo in the Umag final after he triumphed over Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3 2-6 6-4.

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