World No. 46 Leonardo Mayer won his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday after he defeated top seed David Ferrer in three tight sets to win the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg.
After advancing to the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships last month, as well as his first ATP final in February at Vina del Mar, the Argentine was finally able to break through and earn his first title on the professional tour. It was a grueling battle that lasted three sets and saw Mayer rally from a set down to win the match in a third set tiebreak.
Mayer lost several key opportunities in the match, including break advantages in the first and third sets, but was ultimately able to recover brilliantly and maintain the high quality playing until the end. He would close it out in a deciding tiebreak after 2 hours and 20 minutes on court.
Mayer joins three other first-time singles champions on the tour this season, including Federico Delbonis, Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Cuevas.
“So far, I haven’t really realized that I won the match,” Mayer said. “This is simply unbelievable!”
According to ATPWorldTour.com, Mayer became the lowest-ranked winner of an ATP World Tour 500 tournament since No. 54 Radek Stepanek won the Citi Open in Washington in 2011.
The Argentine earned 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €272,300 in prize money.