Mayer battles to Halle Crown

Florian Mayer fought hard to overcome a strong challenge from Alexander Zverev in the Gerry Weber Open final on Sunday, eventually winning 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

It has been a soberingly long-time between drinks for Mayer who last won on Tour on the clay of Bucharest almost five years ago.

In succeeding on Sunday, the German veteran becomes the lowest-ranked tour-level champion (192) since Nicolas Mahut (240) was victorious in 's-Hertogenbosch in 2013.

Mayer converted his first break opportunities in both the sixth and eighth games as he snatched the opener 6-2, surviving a barrage of fearless play from Zverev in the opening exchanges.

After trading service games in the second stanza, Zverev stole a break at 5-5 with a backhand pass and forced a decider on Gerry Weber Stadion by serving-out the set.

Having worked so hard to level matters, Zverev rolled over in the third as Mayer rampaged to the finish-line by taking it 6-3.

Mayer's steady and patient approach on the day came out trumps against Zverev's aggressive and ambitous game plan however the latter continues to impress at the highest level and will certainly pose a threat at Wimbledon.

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