Lopez Ends 10-Year Wait For Gstaad Crown
Lopez becomes the sixth Spaniard to win an ATP World Tour title in 2016
Feliciano Lopez finally landed the J. Safara Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad title on Sunday, 10 years on from a runner-up finish to Richard Gasquet. The top seed, making his 10th appearance at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, defeated 2013 finalist Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5 in the final, which lasted 77 minutes.
"It's an amazing feeling, I've been waiting 10 years to win this title," said Lopez. "It's been a long wait since 2006, but it's been worth it. This is a very special tournament, with a lot of tradition, where a lot of Spaniards have won in the past. It's a unique place to play."
Lopez captured his fifth ATP World Tour title in his 14th final. The 34-year-old Spaniard, who is currently No. 21 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, earned 250 points and €82,450 in prize money. It is his first trophy since June 2014 at Eastbourne.
Lopez broke Haase to love in the fifth game and came within a point of taking a 5-2 lead in the 33-minute opener. Haase, a winner of three of their four previous meetings, regrouped and surged into a 3-0 advantage in the second set. But Lopez worked his way back to 3-3 and at 5-5, took Haase's serve to 30 on his third break point opportunity.
"The first set was good, I played very aggressively and I served well," said Lopez, who hit eight aces and lost just four of his first service points. "But it wasn't easy. In the second set, I made two stupid mistakes to get broken but I was able to break back. I played great overall, it was a very good performance."
Haase, 29, is now 2-3 in ATP World Tour finals. Three years ago, he lost to Mikhail Youzhny in the Gstaad title match. The World No. 95 takes home €43,430 and 150 points.
"Three years ago, I received a goat [named Antonia] for reaching the final," said Haase. "So this year, I was dreaming about winning a cow and the trophy. Hopefully I can come back next year and do better. Congrats to Feli, who played great his week."