Pablo Andujar ends two-year title drought

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Gstaad, Switzerland (4E Sports) – Spaniard Pablo Andujar ended a two-year title drought after winning the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad crown via a 6-3, 7-5 win over Juan Monaco Sunday.

“I am very happy,” said Andujar. “It was a very tough match. I knew it was going to be a fight, physically. The first set was decided on two points. He got the advantage in the second set, but I played aggressively in the important and final points.”

The 28-year-old Andujar, ranked 71st in the world, improved to 3-3 in career finals by winning this clay-court event. His other wins came in Casablanca in 2011 and 2012. Spaniards have won the Gstaad crown 13 times since 1990.

Andujar came under pressure at 3-3 in the first set, when he hit a double fault at 30/30 but saved the break point.

In the next game, Monaco lost a 40/15 lead with Andujar hitting a return winner on his second break point opportunity for a 5-3 advantage before finishing the opening set in 53 minutes.

In the second set, Monaco took a 4-1 lead but Andujar won four straight games to snatch the momentum en route to victory in one hour and 33 minutes.

The 30-year-old Monaco, who has won seven of his eight ATP World Tour titles on clay courts, dropped to an 8-11 record in championship matches.

“I would like to congratulate Pablo,” said Monaco. “I think he had an amazing run this week. He won a couple of good matches and played well to win today. You deserve to win this trophy in this nice city. This is the most beautiful place to play tennis.”

Meanwhile, No. 60 Pablo Cuevas won his second title in three weeks after beating second seed Tommy Robredo, 6-3, 6-4, in the final of the Vegeta Croatia Open Umag Sunday.

Cuevas won the title in Bastad, Sweden, two weeks ago for his first career championship.

On the women’s side, Elina Svitolina defended her title at the Baku Cup with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) triumph over Bojana Jovanovski Sunday.

Svitolina, who captured her second career championship, clinched the first set in 22 minutes but she had a tough time in the second, before finally beating Jovanovski on Center Court.

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