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