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Mikhail Youzhny wins first Swiss Open title

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Mikhail Youzhny had never previously reached the final in Switzerland in his seven visits since 2002.

GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) -- Mikhail Youzhny won his first Swiss Open title on Sunday at his eighth attempt, beating Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4.

The sixth-seeded Youzhny broke unseeded Haase's service once in each set to clinch his ninth career title, and third on clay courts.

A former top-10 player now ranked No. 33, the 31-year-old Russian had never previously reached the final at Gstaad in seven visits since 2002.

Youzhny improved his record to 5-0 against the 57th-ranked Dutchman.

"I never beat you and it kind of hurts, but you deserved it,'' Haase said in an on-court interview.

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