The newly bald Fernando Verdasco will face compatriot Marcel Granollers in the Gstaad final after edging another Spaniard, Nico Almagro, in the semi finals 6-7, 7-6, 6-. The win gives Verdasco confidence after Almagro comfortably defeated him last week in the semifinals in Hamburg.
Verdasco is attempting to turn around his season which started with a broken ankle and has been characterized by seemingly poor form. At Wimbledon Verdasco was criticized heavily for his performance where he appeared to lack effort and enthusiasm in the two matches he played. Read more
On a day of mixed results in Hamburg, Nikolay Davydenko has continued to work his way back into form after being off the tour for some weeks with a fractured wrist. Nikolay, the defending champion, needed just 58 minutes to defeat Florent Serra in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
Juan Carlos Ferrero also secured a straight sets win in his match over Jan Hajek after recovering from a early service break in the first set. Ferrero will have to play Jarkko Nieminen in the next round. Read more
Just one week after Spain claimed the World Cup and two weeks after Rafael Nadal won Wimbledon, the winning ways of Spain have continued as Nicolas Almagro and Albert Montanes both claimed a title overnight.
Nico fought off Robin Soderling to secure his sixth career title in Bastard where Soderling was defending champion. It was the fourth consecutive match in which the world number five was pushed to five sets, having not played his best tennis since returning to the clay courts. Almagro, on the other hand, had taken to the clay like a fish to water (or really like a Spaniard to clay) and won the match, and the tournament 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Read more