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Pablo Cuevas retains Brasil Open title

Updated: Monday, 29 Feb 2016 12:03 | Comments

Pablo Cuevas: 'My goal is to be in the Top 20 this year'
Pablo Cuevas: 'My goal is to be in the Top 20 this year'

Pablo Cuevas successfully defended his Brasil Open title on Sunday, beating Pablo Carreno Busta in the final at Sao Paulo.

The 30-year-old followed up his Rio Open victory with a 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 over his Spanish opponent in an hour and 25 minutes.

The Uruguayan only dropped serve once and converted three break-point chances - in contrast to last year when he broke back from 5-4 down in the final set to see off Luca Vanni.

Cuevas told the ATP Tour's official website afterwards: "During the tournament, I didn't play as well as I did in Rio.

"I was making more unforced errors and being less aggressive - but I was focused and calm, which was the key to winning this week.

"I was down in the tie-break, but came back to win the first set. In the second there were many long rallies but I think he got a little tired and I was able to make a difference.

"You have pressure as the defending champion but winning in Rio against (Rafael) Nadal gave me a lot of confidence.

"I'm very proud of the way I handled the conditions here and to win again in Sao Paulo.

"My goal is to be in the Top 20 this year. I hope to keep playing like I've done in the past weeks."

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