GSTAAD, Switzerland – Marcel Granollers won the Swiss Open for his first title in three years, beating Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on clay Sunday in an all-Spanish final.
The only other time the eighth-seeded Granollers won on the ATP tour was in 2008 in Houston. He is the seventh different Spanish player to win a tournament on the tour this season.
Granollers is ranked 45th and is set to rise above his career-best No. 41 in Monday's rankings. Verdasco, seeded fourth and ranked No. 20, has not won a tournament this year.
Granollers broke serve in the opening game at Roy Emerson Arena, clinching it on a shot that clipped the net. He kept the lead and on his first chance to take the set he unleashed a serve Verdasco couldn't return.
Verdasco, a left-hander, broke for the first time to go up 2-0 in the second set and served out the rest of the set. Granollers broke to lead 4-2 in the deciding set on Verdasco's double-fault. Verdasco had a chance to break back immediately but Granollers saved the game with a drop shot.