Tennis champions : 25 Week 2016

Tennis = love game of God

Florian Mayer lifts his first ATP World Tour 500 trophy on home soil in Halle. "It's the biggest win of my career. I cannot believe it." Read: bit.ly/28OAgdr

German takes fifth match point for Halle title

On Sunday, Florian Mayer returned to the ATP World Tour winners’ circle, overcoming a stern test from countryman Alexander Zverev to clinch the Gerry Weber Open title 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

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…

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