Kowalczyk/Sitak Capture Stuttgart Crown
by ATP Staff|
The Polish-Kiwi team battled back from losing the first set to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Philipp Oswald 2-6, 6-1, 10-7 in the MercedesCup doubles final at Stuttgart. The match lasted just over one hour. Kowalczyk was runner-up with Thomas Bednarek last year.Kowalczyk told ATPWorldTour.com, "The first set was terrible." Sitak added, "“We changed tactics and got a little bit of luck and maybe were more aggressive in the Match TB."
Kowalczyk is now 1-2 in finals, while Sitak was appearing in his first final. They share €23,500 in prize money and earned 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points for their triumph at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament.
Kowalczyk added, "I am so happy. I don’t have words to describe this. From the beginning we had a tough draw and tough matches. In the second round we beat the semi-finalists at Roland Garros [Draganja/Mergea]."
Sitak said, “It’s tough to describe. The whole week has been unbelievable, we played really well. In two matches we came from behind and just managed to win it. It is an amazing feel."
Garcia-Lopez who finished runner-up with Fernando Verdasco in 2007 (l. to Cermak-Friedl), and Oswald were looking to add to their Brasil Open 2014 crown (d. Cabal-Farah), which was won in early March. They split €12,350 and 150 points.