Spain’s Pablo Andujar broke a title drought lasting for more than two years on Sunday as he defeated Argentine Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-5 to win the Swiss Open.
The 71st-ranked Andujar, who won on the village court where the clay stands 1,050 meters above sea level, has two trophies from Casablanca, earned in 2011 and 2012.
“I’m very happy, it was a very tough match, I knew it would be a fight physically,” said the winner after the 92-minute final. “He [Monaco] got an advantage in the second set, but finally I made it. I played great on the last few points.
“After working a lot, it all pays off when you get to hold the trophy. It’s amazing.”
Andujar continued a Spanish tradition in Gstaad at an event won a dozen times by Iberians since 1990. He is the 11th Spaniard this season to win on the ATP Ten from 42 tournaments so far.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2014.
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