German takes fifth match point for Halle title
At World No. 192 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Mayer is the lowest-ranked tour-level winner since No. 240 Nicolas Mahut was victorious in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 2013. The German veteran, whose second ATP World Tour title came nearly five years removed from his maiden triumph on the clay of Bucharest, is also the first homegrown winner in Halle since Tommy Haas in 2012. He takes home €386,925 in prize money and 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points, and is projected to rise more than 100 spots to the Top 100.
“I would say it’s the biggest win in my career to win a 500 event here in Germany on grass,” said Mayer. “If you see the list of champions in the past here and now my name is on the list, I cannot believe it.
“I had a hard time with so many injuries and not playing tournaments. So, it’s a special moment now for me to come back and win a 500 tournament. It helps a lot to be back in the Top 100 also. With one tournament everything changes now for my [Emirates ATP Ranking] and to plan for bigger tournaments in the future.”
Andy Murray came back from a set and a break down to achieve history on Sunday at the Aegon Championships. Behind a boisterous British crowd, the World No. 2 solved Milos Raonic‘s serve just in time to earn his fifth title in London 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3.
Murray becomes the first man to win five titles at the tournament, which was established in 1890. His previous titles came in 2009, ’11, ’13 and ’15.
Aegon Championships Title Leaders
|Andy Murray||2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016|
|Andy Roddick||2003, 2004, 2005, 2007|
|Lleyton Hewitt||2000, 2001, 2002, 2006|
|Boris Becker||1985, 1987, 1988, 1996|
|John McEnroe||1979, 1980, 1981, 1984|
|Roy Emerson||1963, 1964, 1965, 1966|
|Anthony Wilding||1907, 1910, 1911, 1912|
|Major J.G. Ritchie||1902, 1904, 1906, 1909|
The win also marks Murray’s second tour-level crown of the season (Rome) and his seventh career grass-court championship.
“To do it means a lot… It’s a tournament that obviously means a lot to me. It’s been my most successful tournament,” Murray said.
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KEYS CAPTURES SECOND CAREER TITLE
BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain – Already assured of becoming the first American to debut in the Top 10 since Serena Williams in April 1999 by reaching the Aegon Classic final, Madison Keys went one better in Birmingham, defeating tour veteran Barbora Strycova, 6-3, 6-4, to win her second WTA title.
A quarterfinalist at last year’s Wimbledon Championships, Keys played near-perfect grass court tennis during the 79 minute affair, hitting 27 winners to 16 unforced errors and winning 13 of 18 forays to the net.
“I’m feeling pretty good. I think getting this many matches in a row was a huge opportunity that I think that can definitely help me at Wimbledon.
“I obviously really love the surface, so the more I get to play on it, the happier I am.”
GARCIA GRABS FIRST GRASS COURT TITLE
MALLORCA, Spain – Caroline Garcia capped a near-perfect transition from clay courts to grass with her second title of 2016, easing past Anastasija Sevastova, 6-3, 6-4, to win the inaugural Mallorca Open.
“I’m glad to win any tournament; it doesn’t matter what surface!” a giggling Garcia told press after the match.
“When I arrived here, it was my first tournament on grass this year, so I wasn’t expecting to go this far or win the trophy. It’s a great achievement after a long and diffcult week, so I’m happy to be the winner.”
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