What's Buzzing:

Cuevas wins Croatia Open final

AP - Sports

UMAG, Croatia (AP) -- Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas beat defending champion Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Croatia Open final after ousting top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy earlier the same day.

The second-seeded Robredo had two break points at 1-1 in the first set, but it was Cuevas who first broke in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead.

Cuevas went ahead 2-0 in the second set and broke the 32-year-old Robredo's serve once more in the fifth game. Robredo had a break point to level to 4-4.

Robredo hit 36 winners compared to Cuevas' 26, but had 36 unforced errors against 19 for Cuevas.

Cuevas won his maiden ATP title earlier this month at the Swedish Open in Bastad. He is the second qualifier to win an ATP World Tour tournament this year after Slovakia's Martin Klizan at Munich in May.

''I was happy to win the first title, now two in a row make me even happier,'' Cuevas said. ''And this one was tougher to win, because I had to play in qualifying as well. I was very focused during the week, now I am really tired.''

In his past two attempts in Umag, Cuevas had never gone beyond the second round.

''Pablo played a great match, he made no mistake,'' Robredo said. "There were some balls that might have changed the match, but it did not go my way. He was better than me in the first set from the baseline, so I had to change tactics, to be more aggressive.''

Robredo reached the final by defeating third-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-6 (10), 6-3 earlier Sunday, while Cuevas upset Fognini 6-3, 6-4.

Heavy rain on Saturday caused the semifinals to be postponed until Sunday.

View Comments (0)
  • Britain's King may appeal against Rio snub

    (Reuters) - Olympic champion Dani King is considering appealing against the British Cycling decision to leave her out of the country's road race team for the Rio Olympics, the rider has said. King, who won the track team pursuit gold at the 2012 … More »

    Reuters - 15 minutes ago
  • Factbox: Profile of Lionel Messi

    (Reuters) - Factbox on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who said he was quitting international soccer after Sunday's loss on penalties to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final and failing again to lift a major trophy with his … More »

    Reuters - 17 minutes ago
  • Chile prove hard nut to crack for South America's best

    Chile have never beaten Argentina in open play in 27 Copa America meetings in 100 years yet have twice in 12 months dashed the hopes of Lionel Messi's team of lifting a major trophy. A second successive victory on penalties in the final against … More »

    Reuters - 17 minutes ago
  • Factbox: Copa America winners since 1993

    (Reuters) - Winners of the Copa America since 1993 when it was first played as a 12-nation tournament with two invited teams from outside South America: Year Hosts Champions Runners-up 1993 Ecuador Argentina Mexico 1995 Uruguay Uruguay Brazil 1997 … More »

    Reuters - 17 minutes ago
  • Southampton's Mane to undergo medical at Liverpool: reports

    Southampton's Mane to undergo medical at Liverpool: reports

    (Reuters) - Southampton's Senegalese striker Sadio Mane will undergo a medical at Liverpool on Monday after the clubs agreed a 30 million pounds ($40.2 million) transfer, British media reported. The 24-year-old is expected to sign in the next couple … More »

    Reuters - 18 minutes ago