Gstaad, Switzerland (4E Sports) – Juan Monaco reached his first title match in 12 months after beating seventh seed Robin Haase, 6-3, 7-6(4), Saturday in the semifinal of the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad.
Monaco, who will break back into the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings after a strong week, goes for his ninth title against Pablo Andujar, a 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-1 winner over Fernando Verdasco. The pair will meet for the first time.
Monaco recovered from a 0-3 deficit in the first set and found himself 0-2 down in the second set, before winning three straight games en route to victory in one hour and 45 minutes.
“At the beginning I didn’t play well and he led 3-0,” said Monaco. “But I got into the match. I got rhythm and was in control. In the second set, I got a bit nervous as this is my first semifinal of the year.”
Monaco will attempt to become the fifth Argentine to lift the Gstaad trophy. He is bidding to following in the footsteps of Guillermo Vilas (1974, ’78), Jose Luis Clerc (1982), Martin Jaite (1990) and Gaston Gaudio (2005).
Andujar, for his part, will be hoping to improve his 2-3 record in finals on Sunday. It will be his first title match appearance since he won the 2012 Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca.
Meanwhile, torrential rain has forced the cancellation of play at the Vegeta Croatia Open on Saturday. Both singles semifinals and the doubles championship were postponed to Sunday.
Sunday’s play will begin on both Centre Court and Grandstand court, with defending champion and second seed Tommy Robredo slated to face 2012 titlist and home favorite Marin Cilic. The second semifinal features top seed and 2013 runner-up Fabio Fognini and qualifier Pablo Cuevas.
On the women’s side, second seed Elina Svitolina and fifth seed Bojana Jovanovski will play for the Baku Cup after beating their respective semifinal opponents.
Svitolina, who won her maiden title here last year, defeated Francesca Schiavone, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, while Jovanovski ousted Stefanie Voegele, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.