Uruguay has its first ATP World Tour champion in 17 years, as Pablo Cuevas won his maiden title in Bastad.
The world No. 111 dispatched Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-1 in just 59 minutes to lift the SkiStar Swedish Open title. It marked a sweet return for Cuevas, who missed all of 2012 following a knee surgery.
“This is an amazing week,” said Cuevas. “Today I played unbelievably. I’m so happy to win my first title. This city is beautiful and for sure I’ll be back next year.”
Not only did Cuevas beat Sousa in the final, he toppled Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the semi-final to boost his momentum heading into his final match of the week on Sunday. He followed in the footsteps of ROberto Bautista Agut, who won his maiden title last month at the Topshelf Open, and a second one this week in Stuttgart.
This is the first time a Uruguayan athlete has won the title in Bastad since Filippini won it back in 1988.