Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay (R) and Tommy Robredo of Spain pose with their trophies during awarding ceremony of the 25th Vegeta Croatia Open Umag ATP Tournament in Umag, Croatia, July 27, 2014. Pablo Cuevas won 2-0. (Xinhua/Miso Lisanin)
UMAG,(Croatia) July 27 (Xinhua) -- Pablo Cuevas beat defending champion Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4 in the final of 25th edition of Vegeta Croatia Open played in Umag, town at the top of Istria, the biggest Croatian peninsula.
The 28-year-old Uruguayan player became only the second qualifier to win the title in Umag, 23 years after Ukrainian Dimitri Poliakov had a winning run in Stella Maris Tennis Center.
To do that Cuevas had to beat both of the last year' s finalists on Sunday as semifinal matches were cancelled the day before because of the heavy rain.
To get to his second career final Cuevas first beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4 early afternoon and then in the evening denied 32-year old Robredo his chance to win 13th career ATP title.
Robredo gave himself a chance to defend one title for the first time in his career by beating 2012 Umag winner, Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6(10), 6-3 in the semifinal, ending Cilic' s 15-match winning streak on the home soil.
But the oldest remaining player in the field couldn' t find the winning formula against Cuevas in the final as the Uruguayan got his 13th win in a row and second title in the last two weeks.
Knee injuries prevented Cuevas to shine at the biggest tennis stages in the world before but then he surprised everybody by winning his maiden title at Swedish Open in Bastad. His ranking wasn' t good enough to get the direct acceptance to the main draw of Vegeta Croatia Open Umag so he had to go through qualifying.
He didn' t mind as he is finally healthy and playing the best tennis in his career. After just 89 minutes of great display in the final Cuevas won his second title and earned every cent of 77,315 Euros on the winner' s check.
"It was a fantastic week for me. I am so happy. This is the best month in my career and I hope this will continue", Cuevas said after he received the winner' s trophy from Croatian president Ivo Josipovic.