Cuevas at the 2015 French Open
January 1, 1986 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||152–125 (54.87% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 20 (18 July 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 20 (18 July 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2016)|
|French Open||3R (2015, 2016)|
|US Open||2R (2009, 2010, 2015)|
|Highest ranking||No. 14 (20 April 2009)|
|Current ranking||No. 38 (18 July 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2016)|
|French Open||W (2008)|
|US Open||3R (2009, 2013)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2015)|
|US Open||QF (2010)|
|Last updated on: 18 July 2016.|
He achieved his career-high singles ranking of world No. 20 in July 2016, as a result of winning his three singles titles in Båstad and Umag in 2014 and São Paulo in 2015. Cuevas' career-high doubles ranking is world No. 14, which he achieved in April 2009.
- 1 Professional career
- 2 Davis Cup
- 3 Playing style
- 4 Significant finals
- 5 ATP career finals
- 6 Performance timelines
- 7 Wins over top-10 players
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
Cuevas defeated eight-seeded Albert Montañés at the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel to reach quarter-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.
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.
After losing in first round of Roland Garros, Cuevas did not play on tour for two years due to injury.
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.
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 became number 61 in the ATP ranking.
One week later, he won his second ATP tournament at the Umag Croatia Open. Cuevas had to play the qualifying round, defeating Nikolas Walterscheid-Tukic, Nikola Čačić and Renzo Olivo. In the main tournament, he beat Croatian Mate Delić 4–6, 6–4, 6–4, then Italian Andreas Seppi 6–3, 6–1, Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6–3, 4–6, 6–2 in the quarterfinals, and finally, on Sunday, he beat Fabio Fognini in semifinals, and second-seeded Tommy Robredo in the finals, without losing a set, 6–3, 6–4. After the tournament he rose to inside the world's top 40 in the ATP rankings for the first time in his career.
At the 2015 Australian Open, Cuevas lost in first round to unseeded player Matthias Bachinger. In the doubles event, he partnered David Marrero to reach quarterfinals, where they were beaten by Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli.
He began the Latin American season with his third ATP singles title at the ATP 250 São Paulo, after beating Jiri Vesely, Nicolás Almagro, and Santiago Giraldo. Later he beat Almgaro again, and then Albert Montañés to reach the third round of the Rio 500, where he was defeated by clay master Rafael Nadal in three sets. Also, together with Marrero, he beat Vesely and Frantisek Cermak to reach the quarterfinals of the doubles event.
At the ATP 250 Buenos Aires, he lost to local Juan Mónaco in quarterfinals. Cuevas then played the Davis Cup Americas Zone round versus Colombia, where he lost to Alejandro González and defeated Giraldo. He partnered his brother Martín to defeat doubles specialists Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah.
At the Indian Wells Masters, Cuevas defeated Jarkko Nieminen to reach the third round, where he lost to Feliciano López. This was his best singles result in big tournaments since his third-round appearance at the 2011 Miami Masters. In the doubles event, he lost in the first round to Nadal and Pablo Carreño Busta. Cuevas lost in second round of the Miami Masters to Thomaz Bellucci.
At the inaugural ATP 250 Istanbul Open, as the third seed, first defeating Teymuraz Gabashvili, Thomaz Bellucci, and Grigor Dimitrov, the second seed, to reach his fourth ATP Tour level final, where he lost to Roger Federer.
He won the 2016 Rio Open by defeating Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and Argentine Guido Pella in the final. The next week, he won the Brasil Open in São Paulo by defeating Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta in the final.
Cuevas is 20–6 in Davis Cup singles matches, and 10–4 in Davis Cup doubles matches.
Pablo Cuevas has a clay-court style of play. He utilizes heavy topspin off his forehand side and plays a one-handed backhand. His one-handed backhand is not a weakness, and he uses it well to create angles and to hit passing shots. Cuevas also has a good slice. For most of his serves, he uses a heavy kick serve. Most of his skill set was on display when he defeated Andy Roddick in Miami in 2011.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 1 (1 title)
|Winner||2008||French Open||Clay||Luis Horna|| Daniel Nestor
Masters 1000 finals
Doubles: 1 (1 title)
|Winner||2015||Rome||Clay||David Marrero|| Marcel Granollers
ATP career finals
Singles: 8 (5 titles, 3 runners-up)
|Winner||1.||July 13, 2014||Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden||Clay||João Sousa||6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||2.||July 27, 2014||Croatia Open, Umag, Croatia||Clay||Tommy Robredo||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||February 15, 2015||Brasil Open, São Paulo, Brazil||Clay (i)||Luca Vanni||6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||1.||May 3, 2015||Istanbul Open, Istanbul, Turkey||Clay||Roger Federer||3–6, 6–7(11–13)|
|Winner||4.||February 21, 2016||Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Clay||Guido Pella||6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4|
|Winner||5.||February 28, 2016||Brasil Open, São Paulo, Brazil (2)||Clay||Pablo Carreño Busta||7–6(7–4), 6–3|
|Runner-up||2.||June 25, 2016||Nottingham Open, Nottingham, United Kingdom||Grass||Steve Johnson||6–7(5–7), 5–7|
|Runner-up||3.||July 17, 2016||German Open, Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Martin Kližan||1–6, 4–6|
Doubles: 12 (5 titles, 7 runners-up)
|Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)|
|ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–0)|
|ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)|
|ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–6)|
|Runner-up||1.||April 14, 2008||U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States||Clay||Marcel Granollers|| Ernests Gulbis
|Winner||1.||June 7, 2008||French Open, Paris, France||Clay||Luis Horna|| Daniel Nestor
|Winner||2.||February 7, 2009||Movistar Open, Viña del Mar, Chile||Clay||Brian Dabul|| František Čermák
|Winner||3.||October 22, 2009||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Marcel Granollers|| František Čermák
|4–6, 7–5, [10–8]|
|Winner||4.||February 14, 2010||Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brazil||Clay||Marcel Granollers|| Łukasz Kubot
|Runner-up||2.||May 9, 2010||Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Marcel Granollers|| Marc López
|7–6(7–1), 4–6, [4–10]|
|Runner-up||3.||September 29, 2013||Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard (i)||Horacio Zeballos|| Eric Butorac
|Runner-up||4.||February 16, 2014||Copa Claro, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Horacio Zeballos|| Marcel Granollers
|Runner-up||5.||May 4, 2014||Portugal Open, Oeiras, Portugal||Clay||David Marrero|| Santiago González
|3–6, 6–3, [8–10]|
|Winner||5.||May 17, 2015||Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy||Clay||David Marrero|| Marcel Granollers
|Runner-up||6.||June 27, 2015||Nottingham Open, Nottingham, United Kingdom||Grass||David Marrero|| Chris Guccione
|Runner-up||7.||April 24, 2016||Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Marcel Granollers|| Bob Bryan
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Toronto / Montreal||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||0–1|
|Year End Ranking||113||142||50||63||142||–||220||30||40|
Wins over top-10 players
|1.||Andy Roddick||8||Miami, United States||Hard||2R||6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|2.||Tomáš Berdych||5||Beijing, China||Hard||1R||6–4, 6–4|
|3.||Rafael Nadal||5||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Clay||SF||6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–3), 6–4|
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- Martin, John (2009-06-25). "Another Victory for Levine". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
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