Pablo Cuevas

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Pablo Gabriel 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 33)
Concordia, Argentina[1]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2004
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $4,405,208
Career record 142–119 (54.41% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 21 (23 March 2015)
Current ranking No. 27 (16 May 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2016)
French Open 3R (2015, 2016)
Wimbledon 2R (2009)
US Open 2R (2009, 2010, 2015)
Career record 132–105
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 14 (20 April 2009)
Current ranking No. 27 (9 May 2016)
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: 22 February 2016.

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

He achieved his career-high singles ranking of world No. 21 in March 2015, as a result of winning his three singles titles in Båstad and Umag in 2014 and São Paulo in 2015. Cuevas' career-high doubles ranking is world No. 14, which he achieved in April 2009.

Professional career

Early career

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.


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.[2] 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.[3] 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.


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.[4]

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.


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.


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 Martin Del Potro.

After losing in first round of Roland Garros, Cuevas did not play on tour for two years due to injury.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Davis Cup

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

Playing style

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

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

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

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2015 Rome Clay Spain David Marrero Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
6–4, 7–5

ATP career finals

Singles: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner-up)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (4–1)
Titles by surface
Clay (5–1)
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (4–1)
Indoor (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. July 13, 2014 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay Portugal João Sousa 6–2, 6–1
Winner 2. July 27, 2014 Croatia Open, Umag, Croatia Clay Spain Tommy Robredo 6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. February 15, 2015 Brasil Open, São Paulo, Brazil Clay (i) Italy Luca Vanni 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 1. May 3, 2015 Istanbul Open, Istanbul, Turkey Clay Switzerland Roger Federer 3–6, 6–7(11–13)
Winner 4. February 21, 2016 Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay Argentina Guido Pella 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4
Winner 5. February 28, 2016 Brasil Open, São Paulo, Brazil (2) Clay Spain Pablo Carreño Busta 7–6(7–4), 6–3

Doubles: 12 (5 titles, 7 runners-up)

Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. April 14, 2008 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Latvia Ernests Gulbis
Germany Rainer Schüttler
5–7, 6–7(7–3)
Winner 1. June 7, 2008 French Open, Paris, France Clay Peru Luis Horna Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. February 7, 2009 Movistar Open, Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Argentina Brian Dabul Czech Republic František Čermák
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. October 22, 2009 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Spain Marcel Granollers Czech Republic František Čermák
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
4–6, 7–5, [10–8]
Winner 4. February 14, 2010 Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Poland Łukasz Kubot
Austria Oliver Marach
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 2. May 9, 2010 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Spain Marc López
Spain David Marrero
7–6(7–1), 4–6, [4–10]
Runner-up 3. September 29, 2013 Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) Argentina Horacio Zeballos United States Eric Butorac
South Africa Raven Klaasen
2-6, 4-6
Runner-up 4. February 16, 2014 Copa Claro, Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
5-7, 4-6
Runner-up 5. May 4, 2014 Portugal Open, Oeiras, Portugal Clay Spain David Marrero Mexico Santiago González
United States Scott Lipsky
3–6, 6–3, [8–10]
Winner 5. May 17, 2015 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy Clay Spain David Marrero Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 6. June 27, 2015 Nottingham Open, Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Spain David Marrero Australia Chris Guccione
Brazil André Sá
2-6, 5-7
Runner-up 7. April 24, 2016 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain Clay Spain Marcel Granollers United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5–7, 5–7

Performance timelines


Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Australian Open A A A 1R 1R A A A 1R 2R 1–4
French Open A 1R A 1R 1R A 2R 2R 3R 3R 6–7
Wimbledon A A 2R A A A A 1R 1R 1–3
US Open 1R 1R 2R 2R A A 1R 1R 2R 3–7
Win–Loss 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 0–0 1–2 1–3 3–4 3–2 11–21
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A 2R 2R A A A 3R 2R 3–3
Miami A 2R A 1R 3R A A A 2R 3R 3–4
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A A 2R 1–1
Madrid 1 A A A 1R A A A A 1R 3R 2–3
Rome A 1R A 1R 1R A A A 2R 1R 1–5
Toronto / Montreal A A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Shanghai A A A A A A A 1R 1R 0–2
Paris A A 1R A A A A 2R 1R 1–3
Win–Loss 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–4 3–3 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–8 4–5 12–25
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 5
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 6
Year End Ranking 113 142 50 63 142 220 30 40

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

Men's doubles

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Australian Open 1R QF 3–2
French Open 3R W 3R 1R SF 2R 15-5
Wimbledon 1R 3R 2–2
US Open 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R 7–5
Win–Loss 3–2 7–1 4–3 1–1 0–2 0–0 6–2 3–2 3–1 27–14

Mixed doubles

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Australian Open SFHSW 3–1
French Open 0-0
Wimbledon 0–0
US Open QFGD 2–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 5–2

Mixed doubles partners: GD Gisela Dulko HSW Hsieh Su-Wei

Wins over top-10 players

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. United States Andy Roddick 8 Miami, United States Hard 2R 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2. Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 5 Beijing, China Hard 1R 6–4, 6–4
3. Spain Rafael Nadal 5 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay SF 6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–3), 6–4


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