No-nonsense Mikhail Youzhny powers into Swiss Open final

Youzhny, ranked 33rd and winner of eight ATP titles, defeated 2008 champion Victor Hanescu in a 71-minute contest.

updated: July 27, 2013 18:16 IST
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Gstaad, Switzerland: Mikhail Youzhny reached his first final at the Swiss Open on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-3 workmanlike win over 2008 champion Victor Hanescu.

The Russian, who finished runner-up to Roger Federer last month on grass at Halle, will Sunday play the winner from the day's second semi, when Spanish fifth seed Feliciano Lopez takes on Dutchman Robin Haase.

The sunny week in the Alps week had been driven by hype and expectation with Federer and fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka heading the field.

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