Mercedes Cup: Winners

The list of winners of the Mercedes Cup reads like a list of the inductees to the International Tennis Hall Of Fame, “home to the legends of tennis”. The Hall Of Fame represents 170 players, 143 of which are men, and several of these men appear on our winner’s list at Stuttgart.STUTTGART, GERMANY - JULY 22: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with champagne after winning the Mens final against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the MercedesCup at TC Weissenhof on July 22, 2007 in Stuttgart, Germany (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Apart from the Mercedes Cup Champions – the handful of men who have won at Weissenhof more than once – there are several players who have captured the imagination of fans across the world. We look at some of the real giants of tennis.

Who will ever forget the incredible raw talent of Swede, Bjorn Borg? He thundered into the record books with six triumphs on the red clay of Roland Garros, and remains the only player, still today, to have won both the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year, more than once.

He lifted the title at the All England Club an awesome five times, but that record was bettered by Pete Sampras’ seven titles! He beat another legend, Ivan Lendl in 1981 to claim the Mercedes Cup.

Ivan Lendl, subdued by Borg in 1981, made an impressive comeback at the Mercedes Cup – he claimed the title in 1985, crushing America’s Brad Gilbert in straight sets. Lendl was arguably the most dominant tennis player in the mid 1980s. He claimed an incredible 94 singles wins in his distinguished career. His Grand Slam record stands at:

  • Australian Open – Winner in 1989 & 1990
  • French Open – Winner in 1984, 1986 & 1987
  • Wimbledon – Finalist in 1986 & 1987
  • US Open – Winner 1985, 1986 & 1987

Another genius of the courts who has won at Stuttgart is the ever popular Andre Agassi. He is one of only two Americans who have managed to clinch a title on the red clay surfaces of Weissenhof. The Americans generally play on ‘green clay’, or Har-Tru court surfaces, which play very differently to the red clay surface of Europe.

Agassi, who claimed the title from Andres Gomes in 1988, is still one of the most recognised tennis players in the world. He is one of only five players to have won all four Grand Slam events in his career, and he has claimed gold at the Olympics.

His exemplary career record includes eight grand slams, one Tennis Masters Cup, 17 ATP Masters Series and 33 ATP Tour wins. He even beat the current world number one, the indomitable Roger Federer in 2002 to claim his fifth title in Miami!

In 2008, Argentinean tennis player Juan Martin del Potro claimed his very first career title at the Mercedes Cup, defeating Richard Gasquet in the final. Rafael Nadal suffered a knee injury and withdrew from the tournament in 2008.

Mercedes Cup Winners

Date Winner Runner-Up Score
2008 Juan Martin del Potro Richard Gasquet 6–4 7–5
2007 Rafael Nadal Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 7-5
2006 David Ferrer Jose Acasuso 6-4 3-6 6-7(3) 7-5 6-4
2005 Rafael Nadal Gaston Gaudio 6-3 6-3 6-4
2004 Guillermo Canas Gaston Gaudio 5-7 6-2 6-0 1-6 6-3
2003 Guillermo Coria Tommy Robredo 6-2 6-2 6-1
2002 Mikhail Youzhny Guillermo Canas 6-3 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-4
2001 Gustavo Kuerten Guillermo Canas 6-3 6-2 6-4
2000 Franco Squllari Gaston Gaudio 6-2 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-2
1999 Magnus Norman Tommy Haas 6-7(6) 4-6 7-6(7) 6-0 6-3
1998 Gustavo Kuerten Karol Kucera 4-6 6-2 6-4
1997 Alex Corretja Karol Kucera 6-2 7-5
1996 Thomas Muster Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2 6-2 6-4
1995 Thomas Muster Jan Apell 6-2 6-2
1994 Alberto Berasategui Andrea Gaudenzi 7-5 6-3 7-6(5)
1993 Magnus Gustafsson Michael Stich 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-4
1992 Andrei Medvedev Wayne Ferreira 6-1 6-4 6-7(5) 2-6 6-1
1991 Michael Stich Alberto Mancini 1-6 7-6(9) 6-4 6-2
1990 Goran Ivanisevic Guillermo Perez-Roldan 6-7 6-1 6-4 7-6
1989 Martin Jaite Goran Prpic 6-3 6-2
1988 Andre Agassi Andres Gomez 6-4 6-2
1987 Miloslav Mecir Jan Gunnarsson 6-0 6-2
1986 Martin Jaite Jonas Svensson 7-5 6-2
1985 Ivan Lendl Brad Gilbert 6-4 6-0
1984 Henri Leconte Gene Mayer 7-6 6-0 1-6 6-1
1983 Jose Higueras Heinz Gunthardt 6-1 6-1 7-6
1982 Ramesh Krishnan Sandy Mayer 5-7 6-3 6-3 7-6
1981 Bjorn Borg Ivan Lendl 1-6 7-6 6-2 6-4
1980 Vitas Gerulaitis Wojtek Fibak 6-2 7-5 6-2
1979 Tomas Smid Ulrich Pinner 6-4 6-0 6-2
1978 Ulrich Pinner Kim Warwick 6-4 6-2 7-6

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