ATP Tour

Cuevas outlasts Pella for Rio title

Pablo Cuevas (Gallo Images)
Pablo Cuevas (Gallo Images)

Rio de Janeiro - Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas, coming off an upset of Rafael Nadal, won his fourth career ATP title on Sunday, defeating Argentina's Guido Pella 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 in the Rio Open final.

Cuevas smashed a forehand winner on the final point, the only break point either player managed in the last two sets, to claim the crown after two hours and 16 minutes at the clay court event.

The final was interrupted by rain in the opening set and completed in the early morning hours of Monday.

The $303 000 top prize was the biggest single payday of Cuevas' career, coming after his semi-final shocker over Nadal.

"I know people were expecting Nadal but I'm glad you cheered for me," Cuevas said. "I hope everybody in Uruguay enjoyed it."

Left-hander Pella, ranked 71st, is likely to jump to a career-best ranking later on Monday despite failing to capture his first ATP crown. He took home a runner-up prize of $142 450, the biggest payday of his career.

Cuevas, ranked 45th but set to jump to 27th, missed two seasons from 2011 to 2013 due to injury but has come back to win titles at the 2014 Swedish and Croatian Opens and last year's Brazil Open at Sao Paulo.

Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
45% - 5530 votes
11% - 1371 votes
18% - 2290 votes
2% - 277 votes
1% - 107 votes
2% - 278 votes
5% - 609 votes
8% - 977 votes
3% - 390 votes
Water sports
1% - 109 votes
American sports
1% - 117 votes
3% - 359 votes