VICTORY: Rohan Bopanna
After clinching the men’s doubles title at the Stuttgart Open with Romanian partner Florin Mergea, Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna said it was the perfect platform to warm-up for the lone grass court major, Wimbledon, which starts on June 29.
“Great feeling winning the title here in Stuttgart,” Bopanna tweeted last Sunday (14) after his win.
The fourth seeds took just an hour and 12 minutes to beat Austrian-Brazilian third seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 5-7, 6-2, 10-7 in the final.
“Being the first week on the grass leading up to Wimbledon is always nice. Not only playing on grass but winning a title gives us a lot of confidence,” the 35-year-old said.
His partner Mergea was equally excited to win the title. The duo won their first crown together last month at the Madrid Open, which is a clay court tournament.
“It is my first title on grass, the first time I actually had four wins on grass since I started playing again. I am really happy to come and win a second title with Rohan,” Mergea said.
This was Bopanna’s fourth title of the year after winning two hard court tournaments with Daniel Nestor in Sydney and Dubai. It is the Bangalore-born player’s 14th career doubles title and the second on grass..
Four aces in the super tie-break considerably aided Bopanna-Mergea’s chances of winning the title as they easily went on to clinch the summit clash and boost their chances before the start of Wimbledon this month.
Nine aces from Bopanna and Mergea and five double faults at crucial junctures of the match helped the Indo-Romanian pair win the title.