Kitzbuhel, Austria (Sports Network) - Robin Haase claimed his maiden singles title by outlasting Albert Montanes 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in Saturday's final at the $645,000 Kitzbuhel Cup tennis event.
Haase, who broke his opponent's serve five times, was appearing in his first- ever ATP final. The 24-year-old became the first Dutchman to win an ATP title since Martin Verkerk captured Amersfoort in 2004 and the eighth first-time champion on tour this year.
"It's an amazing feeling. I'm really happy that I won," Haase said. "It was one of the goals this year to make it into a semifinal or final, and maybe win it. I was close a few times when I played good but actually lost to good players. To win this match and beat good players this week was really great."
The world No. 53 Haase's best previous result was a semifinal loss to Austrian Werner Eschauer at Amersfoort four years ago.
Montanes played in his first final of 2011 and 10th of his career, all of which have come on clay. The 30-year-old Spaniard had won five straight championship matches after losing the first four.
"It's a pity. But I knew that it was going to be difficult because he was playing very well during the whole week," Montanes said. "I played well too. I had my opportunities in the first set but couldn't take advantage of it."
Haase took home $104,000 with the win.
08/06 11:50:00 ET