Daniel Brands was dismissed from the Suisse Open a day after his upset of injured Roger Federer, with the German bundled out in the Alps — a 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal victim of unseeded Victor Hanescu on Friday.
The Romanian, Gstaad champion in 2008, will aim for the Sunday final against Russian sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny, who beat Juan Monaco 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) as the Argentine played the event for the first time.
Brands was shown the door by Hanescu in 70 minutes, with the German taking treatment after the third game of the second set.
Hanescu is well at home on the Swiss clay. “I’m just glad I could reach another semi. I’m very happy to play this event, it’s one of my favourites,” said the 54-ranked winner.
“I was pleased with how I played against a tough opponent. Brands doesn’t give you anything out there, I really had to fight.” Youzhny, 31, is into his second Gstaad semifinal in the past three years after defeating Argentine opponent Monaco in two hours, 33 minutes. The 33-ranked Russian played a final on grass last month against Federer at Halle.
Swiss second seed Stanslas Wawrinka was taking on Spanish fifth seed Feliciano Lopes in a later quarterfinal and hoping to keep home hopes alive as he bids for his first Gstaad title in his tenth appearance.