Tennis: Lopez clinches Gstaad title, his first on clay, after beating second-time loser Haase

Feliciano Lopez of Spain celebrates his victory against Robin Haase of the Netherlands at the Suisse Open tennis tournament on July 24, 2016.
Feliciano Lopez of Spain celebrates his victory against Robin Haase of the Netherlands at the Suisse Open tennis tournament on July 24, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

GSTAAD, Switzerland (AFP) - Spain's Feliciano Lopez claimed his first clay-court tennis title on Sunday, with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Dutchman Robin Haase in the final in Gstaad.

Top seed Lopez, who finished runner-up in Switzerland 10 years ago, broke Haase's serve in the fifth game as he took the opening set and then fought back from 0-3 down in the second to wrap up a fifth ATP Tour title.

"It's an amazing feeling, I've been waiting 10 years to win this title," said the 21st-ranked Lopez, who became the sixth Spanish title winner on the ATP circuit this year.

"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."

For Haase, the world No. 95, it was a second final defeat in four years in Gstaad, having lost the 2013 title decider to Mikhail Youzhny.