For the first time since lifting the Wimbledon Championships for the second time in 2010, Rafael Nadal has won has a grass court title.
The Spaniard, who lost just his second match ever at the French Open last week, fought valiantly all week to arrive in a final against Viktor Troicki. While he needed three sets at various points throughout the week, he managed to claim the title following a straight sets victory. He won the match 7-6(3), 6-3 to earn his third title at the Mercedes Cup.
“It’s a very special title,” said Nadal. “Since 2011 I didn’t play a final on grass, so win a title here is very good news for my game and for my mentality too. Congrats to Viktor for a great tournament. He’s playing great and will have some positives for the week.
“At this point of the season, every victory is important and every title means a lot to me. I’m happy for that… Thank you very much for all the support here in Stuttgart.”
Nadal was solid throughout the match and needed only an hour and 27 minutes to get the job done. He hit 11 aces and won 86% of his first service points to eventually break and close out the match.
“In important moments my focus was not 100 per cent,” said Troicki. “He served very well the whole match. Even though it was a great week in reaching the final, I’m disappointed to lose this match. I had my chances and didn’t use them. I lost to a great champion. He served better and congrats to him.