Top seed Janko Tipsarevic won his first career clay court title after posting a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 victory over second- seeded Argentine Juan Monaco in Sunday's final at the Mercedes Cup tennis event.

The world No. 8 Tipsarevic became the first Serbian to capture the Stuttgart title.

A runner-up in Chennai earlier this year, Tipsarevic improved his record to 3-6 in career finals.

"I feel great. I honestly still don't believe I won the title, considering that in almost every match I was hanging [on]," said Tipsarevic. "There were a lot of ups and downs. I think my mental attitude was the key for me -- fighting from the first to the very last point. I think that is one of the reasons why I managed to win the title."

Monaco had been triumphant in two previous championship matches this season, winning clay titles in Vina del Mar and Houston.