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Mayer Clinches First ATP World Tour Title

Bucharest, Romania

Mayer© Raed KrishanFlorian Mayer is the ninth first-time ATP World Tour titlist in 2011.

Florian Mayer became the ninth first-time ATP World Tour titlist of the year on Sunday and the first German to lift silverware at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy.

Second seed Mayer defeated fourth seed Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-3, 6-1 in 72 minutes to break an 0-4 losing streak in title matches.

World No. 24 Mayer earned 250 South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings points and picked up  €67,650 in prize money. Andujar, runner-up to Juan Ignacio Chela in last year's final, nets 150 points and a cheque for €35,600.

"The beginning was not perfect, I was so nervous today," said Mayer. "I wanted to win so badly. My legs were heavy. I was lucky at the beginning, he was 3-1, 40/15 up in the first set. Today he made some untypical mistakes and once I got a break in the second set I relaxed and played better."

Andujar said, "There was a point at 3-1, 40/15 when I hit a double fault and it completely changed the match. Maybe he got more confident and I lost some of my confidence."

There were three breaks of serve through the first seven games, before Mayer won eight straight games for a 5-0 lead in the second set. The World No. 24 was runner-up at the BMW Open in Munich (l. to Davydenko) in May and has a 37-22 match record on the season.

Andujar won 47 per cent of his service points and drops to 1-3 in title matches and to 23-23 on the year. He won his first ATP World Tour title in April at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca.

"I feel happy for the week," said Andujar. "I don't have anything to say about today's final, only that he played a great match and hit a lot of winners. I feel happy because I put in a good effort and played well yesterday."

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