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Federer wins first Swiss title

Roger Federer secured his third consecutive win after taking the Swiss title in Gstaad

(Keystone)

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has clinched his first major tournament victory on home soil.

The world number one defeated Russia’s Igor Andreev to win Sunday's final at the Swiss Open in Gstaad.

Federer won Sunday's final 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, picking up €550,000 (SFr834,750) in prize money.

It was his seventh appearance at the clay court Swiss Open and his first ever tournament win in Switzerland.

The Basel player's latest title comes just a week after he lifted the Wimbledon trophy for the second year in a row.

"I always believed that I could win in Switzerland, and this time it worked out," Federer said.

"It's not easy to come straight from Wimbledon. To adapt to clay from grass is extremely difficult," he added.

Last year he lost in the final at Gstaad against Jiri Novak who was eliminated this time around in the quarter-finals.

Exhausted

Federer held the upper hand in the first two sets of the match against Andreev, despite clearly being exhausted. The Swiss arrived in Gstaad on Monday, 24 hours after winning Wimbledon.

The third set also looked to be going Federer's way, but Andreev broke back to draw level at 4-4 and eventually took the set 7-5.

However, it was all back to normal in the fourth set as Federer came back to life, and a series of superb returns gave him three championship points on Andreev's serve at 5-3.

Spurred on by his Swiss fans, the 22-year-old wrapped up the match at the second attempt, when the Russian hit his return into the net.

Seven titles

This year top-ranked Federer has notched up seven tournament victories, including the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Hamburg and Halle.

He is also the first Swiss in more than 20 years to win the men's singles at the Swiss Open after Heinz Günthardt’s success in 1980.

Two other Swiss tennis players, Marc Rosset and Stanislas Wawrinka, were denied victory in Sunday's doubles final at Gstaad.

The match was won by top-seeded Leander Paes of India and David Rikl of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2.

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In brief

Swiss Open in Gstaad 2004:

Singles final:
Federer (Switz) vs Andreev (Russ) 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Doubles final:
Paes/Rikl (Ind/Cz) vs Rosset/Wawrinka (Switz) 6-4, 6-2.

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Key facts

It is the first major tournament win on home soil for the two-time Wimbledon champion.
It is Federer’s seventh title this year, after Wimbledon, the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Dubai, Hamburg and Halle.
Federer is the first Swiss tennis player to win Gstaad since Heinz Günthardt in 1980.

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