Bopanna-Mergea emerge champs

Nadal tames Troicki for title

Bopanna-Mergea emerge champs

 Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea won their second title of the season together as they rallied to beat Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the final of the Stuttgart Open here on Sunday.

The fourth-seeded Indo-Romanian pair eked out a 5-7, 6-2, 10-7 win over the third-seeded Austrian-Brazilian team in one hour and 11 minutes. Bopanna and Mergea had won the Madrid Masters last month.

Individually, it was fourth title of the season for Bopanna, having won trophies in Dubai and Sydeny with Canadian partner Daniel Nestor.

After losing the first set, following a break of serve, Bopanna and Mergea came back strong as they did not face a single breakpoint in the second set and broke their rivals twice to force a match tie-breaker.

Rafael Nadal earned his second title of the season and his fourth on grass as he defeated Serb Viktor Troicki 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to become the first man to triumph on both clay and turf at the Stuttgart Open.

The Spanish top seed set another minor record, as he won the inagural grass edition after taking clay trophies here in 2005 and 2007. Stuttgart made the switch to grass starting with this edition as part of the new Wimbledon pre-season.

Nadal's 66th career title marked his second in 2015 after claiming a trophy on South American clay last February. The Spaniard now owns two grass titles at Wimbledon plus 2008 Queen's Club, London and now Stuttgart.

The 14-time Slam champion who is ranked 10th, polished his record against eighth seed Troicki to 5-0, last facing the Serb nearly five years ago. Nadal took victory as he played his his 95th career final, now standing 66-29 in finals.

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