Bopanna/Mergea Clinch Stuttgart Doubles Crown
Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea won their second team title in their third final of 2015.
The Indian-Romanian team earned 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings points and shared €31,770 in prize money.
“It is my first title on grass, the first time I actually had four wins on grass since I started playing again,” said Mergea. “I’m really happy to come and win a second title with Rohan.”
“Being the first week on the grass leading up to Wimbledon is always nice,” added Bopanna. “Not only playing on grass but winning a title gives us a lot of confidence.”
It was their second ATP World Tour team title, having picked up the Mutua Madrid Open crown (d. Matkowski-Zimonjic) last month. They also finished runners up at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca (l. to Junaid-Shamasdin).
One break of serve decided the opening set, before Bopanna and Mergea took control early in the second set. They lost just five of their first service points to improve to a 15-5 mark on the year.
It was 35-year-old Bopanna’s fourth title of 2015 (14-19 overall), having also lifted trophies at the Apia Sydney International (d. Rojer-Tecau) and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (d. Qureshi-Zimonjic) with Daniel Nestor.
This year’s BMW Open titlists, Peya and Soares, are now 11-12 in team finals. They earned 150 points and split €16,700. Peya, 34, is 13-19 in championship matches, while 33-year-old Soares drops to 19-20 overall.
Both teams are attempting to qualify for November’s season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.