Millennium Post

Federer wins maiden Istanbul Open title

Seventeen-time Grand slam winner Roger Federer has lifted his first Istanbul Open trophy after defeating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.

Federer started in the opening set with a 3-0 lead. The 33-year-old finished the set 6-3 in 33 minutes over Pablo Cuevas, who stunned Grigor Dimitrov in the semis, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

Cuevas played a much closer set in the second. But it was Federer who broke the Uruguayan on the seventh game for a 4-3 lead, before giving the advantage back on the next game. 

However, coming from 0-40 on the ninth game, Cuevas showed heart by earning five consecutive points to move 5-4 ahead. And both played tough and proceeded into tie-break.

Federer lost two championship points at 6-4, and missed two more at 7-6 and 9-8. Cuevas 
also wasted three set points at 8-7, 10-9 and 11-10. 

Roger Federer also claimed his first victory on clay since 2012 Madrid Masters, and added the 
85th title in his trophy cabinet. 



Our contributor helps bringing the latest updates to you

Share it