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August 26, 2011

Gstaad Suisse Open 2011 – ATP World Tour 250

Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
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Crédit Agricole Suisse Open 2011

July 23rd – 31st 2011

When one thinks about Gstaad, the first thing that may spring to mind first is probably the celebrity-filled hideaway nestled in a magnificent valley in Southwestern Switzerland surrounded by the Alps. But there is much more to Gstaad.

Every summer, Gstaad welcomes the Wimbledon of the Alps, a high-level tennis tournament which is now part of the ATP World Tour 250 series. Since the first days of this tournament, dating back to 1915, the tennis court in Gstaad has hosted the great names in world tennis. Tennis stars such as Yannick Noah, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker or Roger Federer have passed through the resort and contributed to the international reputation of this tournament. This year, the event changed its name to Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad.

Florian Reynet (FRA)

Florian Reynet (FRA)

This year’s edition opened on July 23rd. Young talents are given the chance to qualify to meet today’s champions according to the tournament’s slogan Today’s champions meet stars of tomorrow. 24 talents started the qualifications to get one of the 4 remaining places for the first round starting on July 25th. These 4 winners of the qualification round will get the chance to meet the top players of this year’s selection, among them, Stanislas Wawrinka (ATP 14), Nicolas Almagro (ATP 15), Mikhail Youzhny (ATP 17), Fernando Verdasco (ATP 23).

Guillermo Alcaide (ESP)

Guillermo Alcaide (ESP)

The winner of last year’s event, Nicolas Almagro (ATP 7 in the current season), was unable to defend his title and lost in very tight semi-final (7:6, 6:7, 3:6) against Fernando Verdasco in two hours and ten minutes. Almagro won the tiebreak of the first set while Verdasco won the tiebreak of the second set.

Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Marcel Granollers won the other semi-final against the Russian Mikhail Youzhny thank to his excellent first set where he was leading 5:1 after just 20 minutes. Youzhny tried to come back during the following sets, but that was not enough, Granollers won this semi-final (6:3, 3:6, 6:2) in a bit more than two hours.

For the first time since 1997 the tennis open in Gstaad ended with a Spanish final, Marcel Granollers against Fernando Verdasco.

Marcel Granollers, after having won against the two top listed players of the event Stanislas Wawrinka and Mikhail Youzhny, defeated Fernando Verdasco in a very tight game (6:4 3:6 6:3) in a bit more than two hours and twenty minutes and became this year’s King of the mountain.

Marcel Granollers, King of the Mountain

See www.pbase.com/tcom/tennisgstaad2011 for more photos of the event or refer to Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad for more information about the event.

Next year’s edition is scheduled July 14th – 22nd.

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Dominique Schreckling
Dominique Schreckling
IPA Staff ID: 06617 • I live in the french speaking part of Switzerland, near Lake Geneva. I am a freelance photojournalist focusing mainly on events photography (music festivals, sports events and trade shows) and travel photography (especially Africa). An overview of my photographic work over the last few years can be seen under www.pbase.com/tcom.




 
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