(July 24, 2016) Ten years after losing the final to Richard Gasquet, Feliciano Lopez finally won the Gstaad event – his first clay court title.
For the top seed Lopez, taking home the Swiss Open trophy over Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-4, 7-5 marks his fifth career title ATP World Tour title.
“It’s an amazing feeling, I’ve been waiting 10 years to win this title,” said Lopez. “It’s been a long wait since 2006, but it’s been worth it. This is a very special tournament, with a lot of tradition, where a lot of Spaniards have won in the past. It’s a unique place to play.”
“Three years ago, I received a goat [named Antonia] for reaching the final,” said Haase. “So this year, I was dreaming about winning a cow and the trophy. Hopefully I can come back next year and do better. Congrats to Feli, who played great his week.”
The 29-year-old Spaniard will move up into the top 20 with the victory.
Lopez is the sixth different Spaniard to win an ATP World Tour title in 2016, along with Roberto Bautista Agut (2 titles), Rafael Nadal (2), Nicolas Almagro (1), Albert Ramos-Vinolas (1) and Fernando Verdasco (1).