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Pablo Gabriel Tito Cuevas Urroz (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo ˈkweβas];[4] born January 1, 1986)[1] is a Uruguayan professional tennis player. Cuevas won the 2008 French Open men's doubles title with Luis Horna.

Pablo Cuevas
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Cuevas at the 2015 French Open
Country (sports)Uruguay
ResidenceSalto, Uruguay
Born (1986-01-01) January 1, 1986 (age 33)
Concordia, Argentina[1]
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2004
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachAlberto Mancini
Facundo Savio
Prize moneyUS$7,923,718 [2]
Singles
Career record213–180 (54.2% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 19 (15 August 2016)
Current rankingNo. 50 (20 May 2019)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2016, 2018, 2019)
French Open3R (2015, 2016, 2017)
Wimbledon2R (2009)
US Open2R (2009, 2010, 2015, 2016)
Doubles
Career record196–149 (56.81% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 14 (20 April 2009)
Current rankingNo. 116 (20 May 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2016)
French OpenW (2008)
Wimbledon3R (2014)
US Open3R (2009, 2013)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2015)
US OpenQF (2010)
Last updated on: 23 May 2019.

He has won six 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.

Contents

Professional careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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.

2008Edit

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.

2009Edit

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.[7]

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.

2010Edit

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.

2011Edit

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.

2013Edit

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.

2014Edit

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.

2015Edit

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.

2016Edit

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 CupEdit

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

Playing styleEdit

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 finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

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

Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)Edit

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

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 10 (6 titles, 4 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 (5–3)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (6–3)
Grass (0–1)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (5–4)
Indoor (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2014 Swedish Open, Sweden 250 Series Clay   João Sousa 6–2, 6–1
Win 2–0 Jul 2014 Croatia Open, Croatia 250 Series Clay   Tommy Robredo 6–3, 6–4
Win 3–0 Feb 2015 Brasil Open, Brazil 250 Series Clay (i)   Luca Vanni 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 3–1 May 2015 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay   Roger Federer 3–6, 6–7(11–13)
Win 4–1 Feb 2016 Rio Open, Brazil 500 Series Clay   Guido Pella 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4
Win 5–1 Feb 2016 Brasil Open, Brazil (2) 250 Series Clay   Pablo Carreño Busta 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Loss 5–2 Jun 2016 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom 250 Series Grass   Steve Johnson 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Loss 5–3 Jul 2016 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay   Martin Kližan 1–6, 4–6
Win 6–3 Mar 2017 Brasil Open, Brazil (3) 250 Series Clay   Albert Ramos Viñolas 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–4
Loss 6–4 May 2019 Estoril Open, Portugal 250 Series Clay   Stefanos Tsitsipas 3–6, 6–7(4–7)

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   Marcel Granollers   Ernests Gulbis
  Rainer Schüttler
5–7, 6–7(3–7)
Win 1–1 Jun 2008 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay   Luis Horna   Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–3
Win 2–1 Feb 2009 Chile Open, Chile 250 Series Clay   Brian Dabul   František Čermák
  Michal Mertiňák
6–3, 6–3
Win 3–1 Oct 2009 Kremlin Cup, Russia 250 Series Hard (i)   Marcel Granollers   František Čermák
  Michal Mertiňák
4–6, 7–5, [10–8]
Win 4–1 Feb 2010 Brasil Open, Brazil 250 Series Clay   Marcel Granollers   Łukasz Kubot
  Oliver Marach
7–5, 6–4
Loss 4–2 May 2010 Estoril Open, Portugal 250 Series Clay   Marcel Granollers   Marc López
  David Marrero
7–6(7–1), 4–6, [4–10]
Loss 4–3 Sep 2013 Malaysian Open, Malaysia 250 Series Hard (i)   Horacio Zeballos   Eric Butorac
  Raven Klaasen
2–6, 4–6
Loss 4–4 Feb 2014 Argentina Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay   Horacio Zeballos   Marcel Granollers
  Marc López
5–7, 4–6
Loss 4–5 May 2014 Portugal Open, Portugal (2) 250 Series Clay   David Marrero   Santiago González
  Scott Lipsky
3–6, 6–3, [8–10]
Win 5–5 May 2015 Italian Open, Italy Masters 1000 Clay   David Marrero   Marcel Granollers
  Marc López
6–4, 7–5
Loss 5–6 Jun 2015 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom 250 Series Grass   David Marrero   Chris Guccione
  André Sá
2–6, 5–7
Loss 5–7 Apr 2016 Barcelona Open, Spain 500 Series Clay   Marcel Granollers   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
5–7, 5–7
Win 6–7 Feb 2017 Rio Open, Brazil 500 Series Clay   Pablo Carreño Busta   Juan Sebastián Cabal
  Robert Farah
6–4, 5–7, [10–8]
Win 7–7 Apr 2017 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters 1000 Clay   Rohan Bopanna   Feliciano López
  Marc López
6–3, 3–6, [10–4]
Loss 7–8 Jul 2017 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay   Marc López   Ivan Dodig
  Mate Pavić
3–6, 4–6
Win 8–8 Aug 2017 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria 250 Series Clay   Guillermo Durán   Hans Podlipnik-Castillo
  Andrei Vasilevski
6–4, 4–6, [12–10]
Win 9–8 Oct 2017 Vienna Open, Austria 500 Series Hard (i)   Rohan Bopanna   Marcelo Demoliner
  Sam Querrey
7–6(9–7), 6–7(4–7), [11–9]

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2019 Lyon Open.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A 1R 1R A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 7 3–7
French Open A A A Q3 1R Q3 1R 1R A 2R 2R 3R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 9 9–9
Wimbledon A A A A A 2R A A A A 1R 1R 1R A 1R 0 / 5 1–5
US Open A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A 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 2–3 1–1 0 / 30 17–30
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A A 2R 2R A A A 3R 2R QF 4R A 0 / 6 8–6
Miami A A A A 2R A 1R 3R A A A 2R 3R 2R A 1R 0 / 7 4–7
Monte Carlo A A A A A Q2 A A A A A A 2R QF 1R A 0 / 3 4–3
Madrid1 A A A A Q1 A 1R A A A A 1R 3R SF 3R A 0 / 5 8–5
Rome A A A A 1R A 1R 1R A A A 2R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 7 2–7
Toronto / Montreal A A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 2R A A 0 / 2 1–2
Shanghai Not Held A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 4 0–4
Paris A A A A A 1R A A A A 2R 1R 3R 3R A 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 0–1 0 / 40 31–40
National Representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held 0 / 1 1–1
Career Statistics
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 0 0 1 13 15 22 13 0 4 14 26 25 22 14 11 180
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 6
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 10
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 19–14 16–11 213–180
Year-end Ranking 834 354 230 113 142 50 63 142 220 30 40 22 32 88 54.2%

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

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A 1R A A A QF SF 2R 1R 2R 0 / 6 9–6
French Open A A A 3R W 3R A 1R A SF 2R 2R QF 3R 2R 1 / 10 22-9
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R A A A A 3R 1R 3R A 2R 0 / 5 5–5
US Open A A A 2R 2R 3R 2R A A 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 9 8–9
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 4–3 2-3 1–1 1 / 30 44–29
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A A 2R A A A A 1R 2R 1R SF A 0 / 5 4–4
Miami A A A A A A A 1R A A A 1R 2R 1R A A 0 / 4 1–4
Monte Carlo A A A A A 1R A A A A A A 1R W QF A 1 / 4 7–3
Madrid A A A A A A A A A A A 2R 2R 1R 2R A 0 / 4 3–4
Rome A A A A A A SF A A A A W QF QF SF 1R 1 / 6 15–5
Toronto / Montreal A A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 2R A A 0 / 2 1–2
Shanghai Not Held A A A A A 2R 1R QF 1R A 0 / 4 3–4
Paris A A A A A 1R A A A A QF 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 5 1–5
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 7–7 9-4 0–1 2 / 35 35–32
Career Statistics
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 9
Finals 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 2 2 1 5 0 0 17
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 29–14 18–9 3–8 196–149
Year-end Ranking 1109 342 163 60 21 40 62 209 63 54 34 34 21 44 56.81%

Mixed doublesEdit

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A A SF A 1R A A 0 / 2 3–2
French Open A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
US Open QF A A 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 0–0 0–0 0 / 3 5–3

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

  • Cuevas has a 5–17 (.227) record against players who were ranked in the top 10 at the time the match was played.
Season 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 5
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2011
1.   Andy Roddick 8 Miami, United States Hard 2R 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2015
2.   Tomáš Berdych 5 Beijing, China Hard 1R 6–4, 6–4
2016
3.   Rafael Nadal 5 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay SF 6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–3), 6–4
2017
4.   Stan Wawrinka 3 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 3R 6–4, 6–4
2018
5.   Dominic Thiem 6 Indian Wells, United States Hard 3R 3–6, 6–4, 4–2 ret.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Pablo Cuevas - Overview - ATP Tour - Tennis". ATP Tour. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "ATP Prize Money Leaders" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Pablo Cuevas - Overview - ATP Tour - Tennis". ATP Tour. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ "The pronunciation by Pablo Cuevas himself". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Gonzalez Captures Vina Title in Strange Circumstances". 2008-02-02. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  6. ^ "Horna/Cuevas Surprise Roland Garros Champions". 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-06-07.[dead link]
  7. ^ Martin, John (2009-06-25). "Another Victory for Levine". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-25.

External linksEdit