Third seed Pablo Cuevas reached his fourth ATP World Tour final of the season on Saturday as he defeated Renzo Olivo 7-5, 6-3 at the German Tennis Championships 2016 in Hamburg. The Uruguayan will look to win his third title of the season in Sunday's ...and more »
Third seed Pablo Cuevas reached his fourth ATP World Tour final of the season on Saturday as he defeated Renzo Olivo 7-5, 6-3 at the German Tennis Championships 2016 in Hamburg.
The Uruguayan will look to win his third title of the season in Sunday's final at this ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament when he faces seventh seed Martin Klizan.
The 30-year-old Cuevas won back-to-back clay-court titles in Brazil in February when he lifted the trophies in Rio de Janeiro (d. Pella) and Sao Paulo (d. Carreno-Busta) before reaching his first grass-court final last month in Nottingham (l. to Johnson). He has a 5-2 record in ATP World Tour finals.
Cuevas improved to a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Olivo as he beat the Argentine in one hour and 41 minutes. The right-hander saved the six break points he faced and converted two of nine opportunities on Olivo's serve.
"I trained with Renzo in the off-season. He's a good friend and a good player. Today I played well. Renzo is so fast on the court. I'm happy to be in another final this year," said Cuevas. "It will be a tough match tomorrow. Klizan is a left-hander and a very aggressive player. I will prepare to play my best tennis tomorrow."
Klizan ended Stephane Robertâ€™s dream run as he defeated the 36-year-old Frenchman 6-3, 6-4 in 82 minutes. From 1-4 down in the second set, Klizan reeled off the final five games of the match.Â Robert was contesting his first ATP World Tour semi-final in more than six years after defeating eighth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Friday.
The No. 47-ranked Klizan is bidding to win his second title of the season after winning his first ATP World Tour 500 trophy in Rotterdam in February (d. Monfils). The Slovakian only recently returned to action, at Roland Garros, after a 10-week spell on the sidelines due to right foot inflammation.Â
"It's a pleasure to be in a final, especially here in Hamburg," said Klizan. "I would say Pablo is the favourite tomorrow. He has a better ranking and has played all season without an injury, so he's in better shape than me. I'm just feeling very confident right now and I think it's going to be a very interesting match. I'm going to enjoy it. Being in the final is a great, great feeling for me."
Nestor/Qureshi Reach Final
Daniel Nestor and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi reached their first ATP World Tour final together as they dismissed Guillermo Duran and Jonathan Erlich 6-4, 6-1 in 65 minutes. The Canadian/Pakistani duo broke serve five times and won 72 per cent of their service points as they set a final clash with Henri Kontinen and John Peers.
Australian Open runner-up Nestor is bidding for his second title of the season after victory in Nottingham with Dominic Inglot, while Qureshi is seeking his first trophy since Newport one year ago (w/ Marray).
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