Robin Haase ousts defending champion Mikhail Youzhny in Gstaad

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Gstaad, Switzerland (4E Sports) – Robin Haase booked a spot in the semifinal of the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad after beating defending champion Mikhail Youzhny, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, Friday.

Haase saved six of nine break points as he avenged his 2013 loss and denied Youzhny the 450th match win of his career.

“Until 5-2 in the third set, I felt good,” said Haase. “But two net cord winners, one unbelievable backhand smash from him [changed things]. At 5-4, 40/0, you think it is done.”

For a spot in the final, Haase will face Juan Monaco, who defeated two-time former champion Thomaz Bellucci 7-6(1), 6-1 in just over 90 minutes for a place in his first ATP World Tour semifinal in 12 months.

Pablo Andujar knocked out second seed and fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers, the 2011 titlist, 7-5, 6-3, to seal a semifinal clash with Fernando Verdasco, who overcame wild card Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-1 in his second match of the day.

Meanwhile, third seed Marin Cilic extended his winning streak to 15 matches on Croatian soil after beating fifth seed Lukas Rosol, 6-0, 6-2, at the Vegeta Croatia Open Umag.

In the semifinal, Cilic will next face either second seed Tommy Robredo or Pablo Carreno Busta.

Later today, top seed Fabio Fognini takes on 17-year-old wild card Borna Coric for the right to meet Pablo Cuevas, who defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in two hours and nine minutes.

On the women’s side, defending champion Elina Svitolina advanced to the semifinal of the Baku Cup with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Pauline Parmentier.

Svitolina will next face Franchesca Schiavone, who advanced after beating Kristina Mladenovic, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.

The other semifinal pairing will pit fifth seed Bojana Jovanovski against Stefanie Voegele.

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