Halle Westfalen - Germany's world No 192 Florian Mayer defeated teenage compatriot
Alexander Zverev 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 to win the Halle grass-court title on
The 32-year-old is the lowest-ranked champion in the 24-year history of the Wimbledon warm-up event.
It is Mayer's second career title after Bucharest in 2013 and was clinched on a fifth match point.
Zverev, 19 and ranked 38th in the world, had knocked out defending champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals on Saturday.
The key to the final proved to be Mayer breaking to love after reeling off 11 straight points for a 5-2 lead.
German would save a break point when serving for the match before
closing it out on his fifth championship point after one hour and 55
"I would say it's the biggest win in my career to win a
500 event here in Germany on grass," said Mayer, who was a top-30 player
before an adductor injury interrupted his career.
"I had a hard
time with so many injuries and not playing tournaments. So, it's a
special moment now for me to come back and win a 500 tournament. It
helps a lot to be back in the Top 100 also."
Mayer, who stunned
world number seven Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals, joins Tommy Haas
(2009, 2012), Philipp Kohlschreiber (2011), David Prinosil (2000),
Nicolas Kiefer (1999) and Michael Stich (1994) as German champions on
the Halle grass.
Zverev was bidding for his maiden career title in
just his second final, following defeat on the clay of Nice last month
"It was a positive week," Zverev top atpworldtour.com.
played really good tennis in all my matches. Against Roger obviously it
was a great highlight. Unfortunately, it had to end like this. But it
happens. This is tennis. You can't change it now."