Pablo Cuevas

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Pablo Cuevas
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Cuevas at the 2015 French Open
Country (sports)  Uruguay
Residence Salto, Uruguay
Born (1986-01-01) January 1, 1986 (age 32)
Concordia, Argentina[1]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2004
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Coach Savio Facundo
Prize money US$7,226,486
Singles
Career record 193–165 (53.91%)
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 19 (15 August 2016)
Current ranking No. 74 (16 July 2018)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2016, 2018)
French Open 3R (2015, 2016, 2017)
Wimbledon 2R (2009)
US Open 2R (2009, 2010, 2015, 2016)
Doubles
Career record 187–137 (57.72%)
Career titles 9
Highest ranking No. 14 (20 April 2009)
Current ranking No. 29 (30 April 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2016)
French Open W (2008)
Wimbledon 3R (2014)
US Open 3R (2009, 2013)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2015)
US Open QF (2010)
Last updated on: 14 May 2018.

Pablo Gabriel Tito Cuevas Urroz (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo ˈkweβas];[3] born January 1, 1986)[1] is an Argentine-born Uruguayan professional tennis player. Cuevas won the 2008 French Open men's doubles title with Luis Horna.

He has won 6 singles titles and has a career-high singles ranking of World No. 19. Cuevas' career-high doubles ranking is World no. 14, which he achieved 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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 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.

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 Martín 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 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.

In November, the Uruguayan won the Challenger Ciudad de Guayaquil and Uruguay Open singles clay tournaments.

2015[edit]

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.

2016[edit]

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. He was the runner up at the 2016 Nottingham Open to Steve Johnson. He was runner up at the 2016 German Open to Martin Klizan.

Davis Cup[edit]

Cuevas is 20–6 in Davis Cup singles matches, and 10–4 in Davis Cup doubles matches.

Playing style[edit]

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.

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

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2015 Rome Clay Spain David Marrero Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
6–4, 7–5
Winner 2017 Monte Carlo Clay India Rohan Bopanna Spain Feliciano López
Spain Marc López
6–3, 3–6, [10–4]

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 9 (6 titles, 3 runners-up)[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 (1–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (5–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (6–2)
Grass (0–1)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (5–3)
Indoor (1-0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2014 Swedish Open, Sweden 250 Series Clay Portugal João Sousa 6–2, 6–1
Win 2–0 Jul 2014 Croatia Open, Croatia 250 Series Clay Spain Tommy Robredo 6–3, 6–4
Win 3–0 Feb 2015 Brasil Open, Brazil 250 Series Clay (i) Italy Luca Vanni 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 3–1 May 2015 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay Switzerland Roger Federer 3–6, 6–7(11–13)
Win 4–1 Feb 2016 Rio Open, Brazil 500 Series Clay Argentina Guido Pella 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4
Win 5–1 Feb 2016 Brasil Open, Brazil (2) 250 Series Clay Spain Pablo Carreño Busta 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Loss 5–2 Jun 2016 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom 250 Series Grass United States Steve Johnson 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Loss 5–3 Jul 2016 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay Slovakia Martin Kližan 1–6, 4–6
Win 6–3 Mar 2017 Brasil Open, Brazil (3) 250 Series Clay Spain Albert Ramos Viñolas 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: 17 (9 titles, 8 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (2–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–2)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (4–6)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–1)
Clay (7–6)
Grass (0–1)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (7–7)
Indoor (2–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2008 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, United States Intl Series Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Latvia Ernests Gulbis
Germany Rainer Schüttler
5–7, 6–7(3–7)
Win 1–1 Jun 2008 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay Peru Luis Horna Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–3
Win 2–1 Feb 2009 Chile Open, Chile 250 Series Clay Argentina Brian Dabul Czech Republic František Čermák
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
6–3, 6–3
Win 3–1 Oct 2009 Kremlin Cup, Russia 250 Series Hard (i) Spain Marcel Granollers Czech Republic František Čermák
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
4–6, 7–5, [10–8]
Win 4–1 Feb 2010 Brasil Open, Brazil 250 Series Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Poland Łukasz Kubot
Austria Oliver Marach
7–5, 6–4
Loss 4–2 May 2010 Estoril Open, Portugal 250 Series Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Spain Marc López
Spain David Marrero
7–6(7–1), 4–6, [4–10]
Loss 4–3 Sep 2013 Malaysian Open, Malaysia 250 Series Hard (i) Argentina Horacio Zeballos United States Eric Butorac
South Africa Raven Klaasen
2–6, 4–6
Loss 4–4 Feb 2014 Argentina Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
5–7, 4–6
Loss 4–5 May 2014 Portugal Open, Portugal (2) 250 Series Clay Spain David Marrero Mexico Santiago González
United States Scott Lipsky
3–6, 6–3, [8–10]
Win 5–5 May 2015 Italian Open, Italy Masters 1000 Clay Spain David Marrero Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
6–4, 7–5
Loss 5–6 Jun 2015 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom 250 Series Grass Spain David Marrero Australia Chris Guccione
Brazil André Sá
2–6, 5–7
Loss 5–7 Apr 2016 Barcelona Open, Spain 500 Series Clay Spain Marcel Granollers United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5–7, 5–7
Win 6–7 Feb 2017 Rio Open, Brazil 500 Series Clay Spain Pablo Carreño Busta Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6–4, 5–7, [10–8]
Win 7–7 Apr 2017 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters 1000 Clay India Rohan Bopanna Spain Feliciano López
Spain Marc López
6–3, 3–6, [10–4]
Loss 7–8 Jul 2017 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay Spain Marc López Croatia Ivan Dodig
Croatia Mate Pavić
3–6, 4–6
Win 8–8 Aug 2017 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria 250 Series Clay Argentina Guillermo Durán Chile Hans Podlipnik-Castillo
Belarus Andrei Vasilevski
6–4, 4–6, [12–10]
Win 9–8 Oct 2017 Vienna Open, Austria 500 Series Hard (i) India Rohan Bopanna Brazil Marcelo Demoliner
United States Sam Querrey
7–6(9–7), 6–7(4–7), [11–9]

Performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Current through the 2018 Italian Open (tennis).

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A 1R 1R A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 6 2–6
French Open A A A Q3 1R Q3 1R 1R A 2R 2R 3R 3R 3R 0 / 8 8–8
Wimbledon A A A A A 2R A A A A 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 4 1–4
US Open A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 0 / 9 4–9
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 0–0 1–2 1–3 3–4 4–4 2–3 1–1 0 / 27 15–27
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A A 2R 2R A A A 3R 2R QF 4R 0 / 6 8–6
Miami A A A A 2R A 1R 3R A A A 2R 3R 2R A 0 / 6 4–6
Monte Carlo A A A A A Q2 A A A A A A 2R QF 1R 0 / 3 4–3
Madrid1 A A A A Q1 A 1R A A A A 1R 3R SF 3R 0 / 5 8–5
Rome A A A A 1R A 1R 1R A A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 7 2–7
Toronto / Montreal A A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 2R A 0 / 2 1–2
Shanghai Not Held A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 4 0–4
Paris A A A A A 1R A A A A 2R 1R 3R 3R 0 / 5 4–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–4 3–3 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–8 6–8 13–7 4–4 0 / 39 31–39
National Representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held 0 / 1 1–1
Career Statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 6
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 1 0 9
Overall Win–Loss 3–1 4–1 1–1 4–1 10–15 19–15 21–22 13–13 0–0 2–4 18–12 29–26 34–23 20–21 15–10 193–165
Year-end Ranking 834 354 230 113 142 50 63 142 220 30 40 22 32 54%

1 Held as Hamburg Masters (clay) until 2008, Madrid Masters (clay) 2009–present.

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A 1R A A A QF SF 2R 0 / 4 8–4
French Open A A A 3R W 3R A 1R A SF 2R 2R QF 1 / 8 19-7
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R A A A A 3R 1R 3R 0 / 4 4–4
US Open A A A 2R 2R 3R 2R A A 3R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 8 7–8
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 7–1 4–3 1–1 0–2 0–0 6–2 3–3 4–4 9–4 1–1 1 / 24 38–23
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A A 2R A A A A 1R 2R 1R 0 / 4 1–3
Miami A A A A A A A 1R A A A 1R 2R 1R 0 / 4 1–4
Monte Carlo A A A A A 1R A A A A A A 1R W 1 / 3 5–2
Madrid A A A A A A A A A A A 2R 2R 1R 0 / 3 2–3
Rome A A A A A A SF A A A A W QF 1 / 3 10–2
Toronto / Montreal A A A A A A A A A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Shanghai Not Held A A A A A 2R 1R QF 0 / 3 3–3
Paris A A A A A 1R A A A A QF 2R 1R 0 / 4 1–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 4–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 6–7 7–8 5–3 2 / 27 24–24
Career Statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7
Finals 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 2 2 1 2 14
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 1–1 7–5 20–13 21–14 20–15 8–10 0–0 10–4 17–15 18–19 23–20 13–7 159–125
Year-end Ranking 1109 342 163 60 21 40 62 209 63 54 34 34 56%

Mixed doubles[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A A SF A 1R 0 / 2 3–2
French Open A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
US Open QF A A A A A A 0 / 1 2–1
Win–Loss 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 0 / 3 5–3

Wins over top-10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2011
1. United States Andy Roddick 8 Miami, United States Hard 2R 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2015
2. Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 5 Beijing, China Hard 1R 6–4, 6–4
2016
3. Spain Rafael Nadal 5 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay SF 6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–3), 6–4
2017
4. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 3 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 3R 6–4, 6–4
2018
5. Austria Dominic Thiem 6 Indian Wells, United States Hard 3R 3–6, 6–4, 4–2 ret.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ATPtennis.com - Players - Profiles
  2. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/players/pablo-cuevas/c882/overview
  3. ^ "The pronunciation by Pablo Cuevas himself". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  4. ^ atptennis.com (2008-02-02). "Gonzalez Captures Vina Title in Strange Circumstances". Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  5. ^ atptennis.com (2008-06-06). "Horna/Cuevas Surprise Roland Garros Champions". Retrieved 2008-06-07. [dead link]
  6. ^ Martin, John (2009-06-25). "Another Victory for Levine". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 

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