Nadal Beats Troicki for Stuttgart Grass Crown
Rafael Nadal rebounded from a down French Open effort with the Mercedes Cup grass court title in Stuttgart on Sunday, defeating Viktor Troicki 7-6(3), 6-3.
It was the Spaniard’s first grass court title in five years since Wimbledon in 2010. “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,” Nadal said. “Congrats to Viktor for a great tournament. He’s playing great and will have some positives for the week.”
Nadal improved to 5-0 career against Troicki, who fell to 2-5 in career finals.
Qualifier Mahut Captures Topshelf Title
Qualifier Nicolas Mahut won a second career Topshelf Open on Sunday, defeating No. 2 seed David Goffin 7-6(1), 6-1.
“Yesterday I was feeling really tired, but my physio did a great job to get me ready for today’s match,” said Mahut, who also reached the doubles final. “It was a very tense first set, but after one-all he was missing some shots and I felt more and more confident.”
It was Mahut’s first title in two years, while Goffin fell to 2-2 in career finals.
Giorgi Wins 1st Career Title on Grass at Topshelf
Italian Camila Giorgi defeated fellow rising star Belinda Bencic 7-5, 6-3 to win her first career title at the Topshelf Open.
“It was my first time here and it went so well,” Giorgi said. “Every match was great for me this week, and I felt like I was playing more and more consistently every match. Next I’m going to Eastbourne and hopefully I can get even more preparation in for Wimbledon.”
Giorgi improved to 1-3 in career finals, and Bencic fell to 0-2.
Niculescu, Konjuh to Face Off in Monday Nottingham Final
Monica Niculescu and Croat teen Ana Konjuh will play in the rain-delayed Monday final of the Aegon Open Nottingham.
Niculescu in the semifinals upset No. 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, while Konjuh in the rain-delayed quarterfinals beat American qualifier Sachia Vickery 6-2, 6-2, and in the semifinals topped No. 5-seeded American Alison Riske 6-4, 6-3.
“I didn’t start well this year, and I’ve kind of been in a bad mood the last few months, and I came here with nothing to expect,” Konjuh said. “Now I’m in the finals, so it’s a really exciting result for me.” Niculescu and Konjuh will be facing each other for the first time in the Monday final.
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