Pablo Cuevas clinched the vital point in Uruguay’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I first round tie against Colombia on Sunday. He defeated opposing No. 1 Santiago Giraldo 62 63 64 to set up another home tie in the second round against Brazil.
With the home crowd behind him, Cuevas played one of the best matches of his career to overcome a player ranked over 20 places higher at No. 44 in the world. “I have to thank all the support I’ve received during the match because it is has been really important for me” he said. “I’m really happy. I knew it was going to be a difficult match but at the same time, I felt comfortable, not being nervous at all.”
Both players had recorded singles wins on the opening day, while Cuevas had also teamed up with Marcel Felder in Saturday’s doubles rubber to put the hosts 2-1 ahead. The Uruguayan pair outlasted Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 16 76(6) 16 76(5) 62.
After their earlier exertions during the weekend, Cuevas and Giraldo were noticeably tired when they faced off in the battle of the No. 1s on Sunday, but Cuevas played some solid tennis at the key moments and clinched victory with his first match point. “I wasn’t nervous and I tried to avoid mistakes,” he said.
In the fifth dead rubber, Felder continued the Uruguayan celebrations by beating Alejandro Falla 67(5) 76(3) 63. “I wanted to win this match because it was a great opportunity to practice my tennis, so I wanted to use it and I felt very good during the three sets,” said Felder. The result gave Uruguay a 4-1 win.