(June 15, 2013) American Steve Johnson won his first grass court title and a wild cart into Wimbledon by capturing the Aegon Nottingham Challenge on Saturday.
It is Johnson’s second ATP Challenger tournament win and first outside of the U.S. after he winning his first title in Aptos, California, in 2012.
“It means a lot to me. It is only my second tournament on grass and to come here and win it, play five good matches like I did and beat a player like Ruben is special,” Johnson said.
“That was a tough final, and to start with I felt I was fighting myself a little bit – I was uptight and nervous, it is my first grass court final, there were a lot of points and stuff on the line that people may not realize.”
Admitting to a bit of fatigue, Johnson hopes his grasscourt momentum continues at Wimbledon.
“Last week I was feeling a little tired and fried, and now to come out here and put a week together like this gives me a lot of confidence going into Wimbledon,” Johnson said.
Aegon Nottingham Challenge results – Saturday 15 June
Men’s singles – Final
S Johnson (USA) d R Bemelmans (BEL) 7-5 7-5
Men’s doubles – Final
 S Ratiwatana/S Ratiwatana d  P Raja/D Sharan 7-6(5) 6-7(3) [10-8]
Women’s singles – Semi-finals
E Baltacha (GBR) d  N Burnett (ITA) 6-0 6-4
 T Majeric (SLO) d [Q] M Miyamura (JPN) 6-0 6-4
Women’s doubles – semi-final
 J Glushko/E Sema d  M Miyamura/V Wongteanchai 1-6 6-4 [11-9]
Women’s doubles – Final
 J Coin/S Foretz Gacon d  J Glushko/E Sema 6-2 6-4
Aegon Nottingham Challenge – Order of play for Sunday 16 June
Centre Court (11am)
WS: E Baltacha v T Majeric