After 5 Years Rafael Nadal Has Won Another Grass Title [Video]
by Staff | June 14th, 2015, 12:33 pm

Rafael Nadal won his first grass title in nearly five years today winning the Stuttgart Open title, beating Viktor Troicki 7-6(3), 6-3 in the final.

“It’s a very special title. 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.

“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’s win was his 4th of his career on grass (first since 2010 Wimbledon), and 66th overall. And it was his second title of 2015 after Buenos Aires in February. It’s also Nadal’s third Stuttgart title, the previous two on clay.

Nadal will go to Queen’s Club Monday. He’ll face Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round.

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13 Comments for After 5 Years Rafael Nadal Has Won Another Grass Title [Video]

Humble Rafa Says:

Beating a doper gives extra satisfaction. Just saying.

sienna Says:

yup ahumble, but that was a good comment any which way.

chris ford1 Says:

Typically, Humble is funny. This time, no. Troicki was not a doper, he was clean. What he was was a rule breaker from a situation he panicked in, not realizing the consequences of a test refusal. Cost him a year, then another year to rebuild his career after losing all ranking.

Hippy Chick Says:

Hes had an unconventional clay court season,it would be strange if he had an unconventional grass or hard court season or both now,still you never know??

sienna Says:

chrissy ford is not so well informed as he makes us believe….

Humble Rafa Says:

Troicki was not a doper, he was clean.

Clean people are not stupid. They make intelligent decisions.

Lodhi Says:

@sienna: Stop farting.

As for Nadal, gotto win something big. 250 pt tourney ….. meh.

But congrats anyway.

RZ Says:

Congrats to Rafa. Important for him to get back on the winning track and brush off RG disappointment.

I was hoping to see Rafa play Cilic in the final as that would have been more interesting to me to see where both men are in terms of their grass court games. Troicki is a good player but I’m surprised he beat Cilic on grass.

Siddy Says:

Some people are so stupid when it comes to steroids. And it is obvious they have never used them. Those things don’t work without talent and hard work. Truth.

martins take Says:

You can’t keep a great champion down. Rafa is one of the greatest. He is certainly the most resilient at the elite level.
Just in time for Wimbledon, Rafa has begun to find both his game and confidence again.
Congrats Rafa! Push onward!

metan Says:

Congrats Rafa. YAYYYYY!!

MMT Says:

I suppose a title is a title, but I just can’t understand why he’s playing this tournament – if he makes the final of Queens (a distinct possibility) then he will have played something like 9 times in two weeks, which strikes me as just too much tennis in a short period of time. Although grass courts tend to be easier on the joints, because of the cushioning, they are particularly hard on the muscles because you don’t get a lot of energy return when you push off, so I would say rest is more valuable to him at this stage in his career than getting in the groove, so to speak.

I think Nadal is a better grass court player than hard courts, to be honest. He has significant advantages with his movement, his slice serve wide in the ad court, and his outstanding volleys. The one area that tends to prove problematic for him is the return of serve as well as players who can consistently hit drop shots to his backhand side (which he struggles to hit when moving forward).

But overall, I think Wimbledon presents a great opportunity to win a major this year for Nadal – in my view there is no favorite at this year’s tournament, and he made 5 finals in a row (pretty good accomplishment) so he has quite the toolkit on the surface.

SG1 Says:

Humble Rafa Says:

Clean people are not stupid. They make intelligent decisions.


LOL. Just like a clean Tiger Woods did.

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