By Chris Oddo | Sunday, July 27, 2014
Pablo Cuevas doubled his pleasure in Umag on Sunday, taking out the tournament's two top seeds en route to his second title in three weeks.
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Pablo Cuevas stretched his win streak to 13 matches on Sunday, capping off one of his most remarkable days as a professional by defeating the two top seeds at the Vegeta Croatia Open Umag en route to his second title in three weeks.
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Cuevas, who was ranked outside of the ATP’s top 100 before he began his title run at the Swedish Open in Bastad three weeks ago, defeated top-seeded Fabio Fognini, 6-3, 6-4, on Sunday morning before taking down defending champion Tommy Robredo in the final by the same score.
Cuevas, 28, becomes the first Uruguayan winner in Umag. He denied Robredo a chance for his 13th title in the process.
After taking a double-break lead in the second set of the final, nerves appeared to be getting to Cuevas. He dropped two consecutive games and faced a break point that would have allowed Robredo to draw level at four-all, but Cuevas saved the point, went on to take a 5-3 lead and served the match out two games later before dropping to his knees on the clay in jubilation.
In total, Cuevas broke serve three times in nine opportunities, and saved four of the five break points he faced against Robredo.
Due to knee problems, the former world No. 45 started 2013 at 220 in the world. After 13 consecutive victories, Cuevas is inside the top 60 and knocking on the door of his career-high ranking once again.
The Uruguayan also becomes the second qualifier to win a title this season, joining Martin Klizan, who won Munich.
Spaniards have won the Umag title on 10 occasions in the tournament’s 25-year history, more than any other nation.
The last player to defend the title in Umag was Carlos Moya, who succeeded twice, in 2002 and 2003.
Spanish players have won 11 of 44 ATP events this season.
Cuevas is now 2-0 in career ATP finals. With his title in Bastad, the 28-year-old became the first man from his country to claim a tour-level title in 17 years.