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Cuevas v Robredo in Croatia

2014-07-27 19:59
Pablo Cuevas (Getty Images)

Umag - Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas extended his run of shocks by beating No 1 seed Fabio Fognini to reach the rain-delayed Croatian Open final on Sunday.

He will meet defending champion and No 2 seed Tommy Robredo of Spain, who disposed of third seed Marin Cilic, to get a place in the final later Sunday.

Cuevas, who claimed his maiden tour title win at the Swedish Open this month, defeated top seed Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and four minutes.

The world No 61 Cuevas raced to a 3-0 lead after two breaks and wrapped up the first set in less than 30 minutes.

He got an early break to go 2-0 up in the second set, but Fognini, competing in his fifth semi-final of the year, secured a first break for 2-2 and again to go 4-2 up.

But Cuevas then broke Fognini's serve, won his own and with a convincing game and another break won the second set and the match.

Robredo defeated 2012 winner Cilic of Croatia 7-6 (10-8), 6-3.

Cilic made the first decisive break of the first set to go 5-3 up. But Robredo broke for 5-4 and then took a tie-break to wrap up the set in a tie-break and then the second set in only 35 minutes.

The Croatian had problems with poor serves and unforced errors.

"The first set which saw a big fight was decisive," said Robredo. "After I've won it, Cilic had neither the force nor concentration for a better game in the second set."

Torrential rain on Saturday forced the postponement of the semi-finals. The final is scheduled to start at 20:00 SA time.

Results from the Croatian Open ATP event on Sunday (x denotes seed):


Pablo Cuevas (URU) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x1) 6-3, 6-4

Tommy Robredo (ESP x2) bt Marin Cilic (CRO x3) 7-6 (12/10), 6-3

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