Pablo Cuevas

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Pablo Gabriel Cuevas
Pablo Cuevas.jpg
Country  Uruguay
Residence Salto, Uruguay
Born (1986-01-01) January 1, 1986 (age 28)
Concordia, Argentina[1]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2004
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,332,997
Singles
Career record 88–80
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 45 (October 12, 2009)
Current ranking No. 60 (July 21, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2010, 2011)
French Open 2R (2013, 2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2009)
US Open 2R (2009, 2010)
Doubles
Career record 96-69
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 14 (April 20, 2009)
Current ranking No. 52 (July 14, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2011)
French Open W (2008)
Wimbledon 3R (2014)
US Open 3R (2009, 2013)
Last updated on: April 6, 2014.

Pablo Gabriel Cuevas Urroz (born January 1, 1986, in Concordia, Argentina)[1] is an Uruguayan professional tennis player. Cuevas won the 2008 French Open men's doubles title with Luis Horna.

He achieved his career-high singles ranking of world no. 45 in October 2009 and his career-high doubles ranking of world no. 14 in April 2009.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the 2007 French Open, Cuevas and Argentine partner Carlos Berlocq made the third round of the men's doubles tournament. Cuevas won the Tunica, Scheveningen, and Lima singles Challenger titles, and the São Paulo-1 and Florianópolis-2 doubles Challenger titles.

2008[edit]

Cuevas opened the year at the Movistar Open in Viña del Mar, Chile. He earned his first tour-level victory in his first-round match against Guillermo Coria. He then beat Fernando Verdasco and José Acasuso, before falling in the semifinals against Fernando González.[2] Cuevas reached his career-high singles ranking of no. 88 following Viña del Mar.

In March, Cuevas qualified for the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, his first ATP Masters Series event. He defeated Vince Spadea in the first round, before falling to Fernando González in the second round. At Houston, he partnered with Spaniard Marcel Granollers to reach the doubles final, falling to Ernests Gulbis and Rainer Schüttler.

At the 2008 French Open in May, Cuevas partnered with Peruvian Luis Horna to win the doubles title. On their way to the title, the pair defeated seventh seeds Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra in the first round, ninth seeds Lukáš Dlouhý and Leander Paes in the third round, top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the quarterfinals, and second-seeded Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjić in the final. They defeated Nestor and Zimonjić 6–2, 6–3, in only 56 minutes to win the title.[3] Cuevas and Horna became the first all-South American team to win a Grand Slam men's doubles title, and Cuevas became the second Uruguayan, after Fiorella Bonicelli, to win a Grand Slam title.

2009[edit]

At the 2009 Movistar Open in Viña del Mar, Cuevas, as in 2008, reached the semifinals in singles, where he met local favorite Fernando González. González won the match 6–3, 6–2. In doubles, Cuevas paired with Argentinean Brian Dabul, and together they won the tournament, winning the final against František Čermák and Michal Mertiňák, 6–3, 6–3. This win helped Cuevas achieve his doubles ranking high of no. 17 in the world on February 9, 2009.

In the first round at Wimbledon in 2009, Cuevas defeated Christophe Rochus of Belgium in a come-from-behind victory, 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–1, 11–9.[1] In the second round, he lost to 21-year-old Jesse Levine of the U.S. (who defeated Marat Safin in the first round), 6–2, 6–1, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3.[4]

Cuevas qualified into the 2009 International German Open. He reached the semifinals of that tournament by beating Björn Phau, ninth-seeded Jürgen Melzer, eighth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, and 14th-seeded Nicolás Almagro in the quarterfinals. He lost his semifinal match with Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6–4, 3–6, 5–7.

Cuevas played in the 2009 Kremlin Cup as fifth seed. He advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Lu Yen-hsun and Teymuraz Gabashvili. He lost in the quarterfinals to Mikhail Kukushkin, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6. He did, however, win the doubles title, partnering Marcel Granollers.

2010[edit]

Cuevas defeated eight-seeded Albert Montañés at the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel to reach quater-finals, where he lost to David Ferrer. At the 2010 Kremlin Cup he beat world number 11 Nikolay Davydenko in second round and fifth-seeded Radek Stepanek in quarter-finals, then was defeated by eventual champion Viktor Troicki.

2011[edit]

He went 0–4 at the start of 2011, but on arrival at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, he defeated both Michael Berrer and world number 8 Andy Roddick by the same score, 6–4, 7–6, to reach the third round.

At the 2011 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Cuevas beat third seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to reach semi-finals, where he lost to Kei Nishikori.

At the 2011 Estoril Open he defeated third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and sixth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci in consecutive matches to reach the semifinals, where he lost to Juan Martin Del Potro.

After losing in first round of Roland Garros, Cuevas did not play on tour for two years due to injury.

2013[edit]

The Uruguayan played again in ATP Challenger Tour events in May 2013. He won the first round match at Roland Garros. Later he defeated eight-seeded Nikolay Davydenko at first round of the 2013 Proton Malaysian Open.

2014[edit]

In 2014, Cuevas won the first round matches at the Rio Open, Portugal Open and Roland Garros. At the Swedish Open, he beat sixth-seeded Jérémy Chardy, third-seeded Fernando Verdasco and fifth-seeded João Sousa to win his first ATP 250 tournament and become number 61 in the ATP ranking.

Davis Cup[edit]

Cuevas is 15–5 in Davis Cup singles matches, and 6–4 in Davis Cup doubles matches.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2008 French Open Clay Peru Luis Horna Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–3

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. July 13, 2014 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay Portugal João Sousa 6–2, 6–1

Doubles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. April 14, 2008 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Latvia Ernests Gulbis
Germany Rainer Schüttler
5–7, 6–7(7–3)
Winner 1. June 7, 2008 French Open, Paris, France Clay Peru Luis Horna Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. February 7, 2009 Movistar Open, Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Argentina Brian Dabul Czech Republic František Čermák
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. October 22, 2009 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Spain Marcel Granollers Czech Republic František Čermák
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
4–6, 7–5, [10–8]
Winner 4. February 14, 2010 Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Poland Łukasz Kubot
Austria Oliver Marach
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 2. May 9, 2010 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Spain Marc López
Spain David Marrero
7–6(7–1), 4–6, [4–10]
Runner-up 3. September 29, 2013 Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) Argentina Horacio Zeballos United States Eric Butorac
South Africa Raven Klaasen
2-6, 4-6
Runner-up 4. February 16, 2014 Copa Claro, Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
5-7, 4-6
Runner-up 5. May 4, 2014 Portugal Open, Oeiras, Portugal Clay Spain David Marrero Mexico Santiago González
United States Scott Lipsky
3–6, 6–3, [8–10]

Grand Slam results[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 0–2
French Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2–5
Wimbledon 2R 1R 1–2
US Open 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2–5
Win–Loss 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–2 1–2 5–14

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open 1R 0–1
French Open 3R W 3R 1R SF 2R 15-5
Wimbledon 1R 3R 2–2
US Open 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R 7–5
Win–Loss 3–2 7–1 4–3 1–1 0–2 6–2 21–11

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ATPtennis.com - Players - Profiles
  2. ^ atptennis.com (2008-02-02). "Gonzalez Captures Vina Title in Strange Circumstances". Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  3. ^ atptennis.com (2008-06-06). "Horna/Cuevas Surprise Roland Garros Champions". Retrieved 2008-06-07. [dead link]
  4. ^ Martin, John (2009-06-25). "Another Victory for Levine". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 

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