LONDON : AGstaad, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Nicolas Almagro of Spain beat France's Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-1 to capture the title at the Swiss Open Gstaad.
The second-seeded Almagro fired 17 aces en route to his seventh career title and second in the last three weeks after stunning crowd favorite Robin Soderling in the final at the Swedish Open. He improved to 28-11 on clay this year and is now 7-2 all-time in ATP finals, all of which have come on clay.
"I played my best tennis today. I returned well and served amazingly," Almagro said.
Gasquet, the No. 7 seed, was appearing in his third final this year. He was a runner-up to Marcos Baghdatis in Sydney back in January and defeated Fernando Verdasco at Nice just before the start of the French Open to claim his sixth career championship.
He won the Gstaad title in 2006.
"I tried to fight and focus well all week and thanks to that I made it to another final here," Gasquet said. "It's still a good week for me. This is a very beautiful tournament and it's always a pleasure to come here."
Almagro and Gasquet had one previous encounter, with the Spaniard rallying from a set down to take a second-round match in Acapulco in February.