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Cuevas Topples Robredo For Umag Crown

Umag, Croatia

Cuevas© Neven GerencirPablo Cuevas won two matches on Sunday to claim his second title of the season in Umag.

Pablo Cuevas capped an inspired month of July, claiming his second ATP World Tour title in three weeks at the Vegeta Croatia Open Umag.

Cuevas needed 90 minutes to deny Tommy Robredo a successful title defence in Umag, prevailing 6-3, 6-4. The Uruguayan qualifier won two matches on Sunday after rain washed out semi-final action on Saturday, upsetting both top seed Fabio Fognini and No. 2 seed Robredo without dropping a set.

“I’m really happy," said Cuevas "I never expected to win two tournaments in a row. This week was more difficult because I had to play [qualifying] and I played against very good players. During the two years I was out, I thought I would never be able to play again and especially at that level.”

The 28 year old is just two weeks removed from capturing his maiden title, having relinquished just three games in defeat of Joao Sousa at the SkiStar Swedish Open.

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Cuevas is now on a 13-match winning streak, including Umag qualifying, and is the second qualifier to hoist an ATP World Tour trophy in 2014 after Martin Klizan triumphed in Munich.

Cuevas, who takes home €77,315 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points, will soar 20 spots to a career-high World No. 40. He did not feature in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the beginning of 2013, following knee surgery the year before.

Cuevas fired 26 winners, breaking on three of nine opportunities, and benefitting from 36 unforced errors from Robredo. He immediately applied pressure on the 32 year old’s serve, breaking in the sixth game of the match for a 4-2 lead. The second set followed a similar script, with Cuevas reeling off eight straight points to secure a double break for 4-1. Robredo would snatch a break back at love in the next game, but was unable to complete the comeback.

Robredo was competing in his 20th tour-level final, falling to 12-8 in title matches with the loss.

"I had a great tournament, but today Pablo was better than me," Robredo said. "I would like to congratulate Pablo. He [played] a great match and he didn’t miss a lot of balls. It’s good to have him back to that level."

The Spaniard was looking to become the first player to defend his title in Umag since countryman Carlos Moya completed a three-peat from 2001-‘03. He was also aiming to he become the ninth over-30 player to win a title this year.

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