Cuevas’ challenge in Hamburg curtailed by Kuznetsov

Pablo Cuevas went tumbling out of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg on Tuesday as he suffered a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Andrey Kuznetsov.

The Uruguayan, who was the second seed in Hamburg, took the opening set after unleashing a number of forehand winners but his rhythm deserted him in the second and third stanzas as his Russian opponent stormed back to claim the match.

Speaking afterwards, Kuznetsov admitted that he was delighted to have claimed such a big scalp at an event with ATP 500 status.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy match against Pablo, a very good player on clay courts,” said Kuznetsov.

“I’m very happy that I didn’t give up, because after the first set I was a little unlucky. I continued to fight and I’m happy about the way I played. I knew I had to be aggressive as his serve is very good.

“I waited for my chances, especially in the third set until 5-4, when he hit three or four second serves.”

All the other results on Tuesday in Hamburg can be seen below:                       

Khachanov K. (Rus) beat Molleker R. (Ger) 6-4, 6-3

Haas T. (Ger) beat Kicker N. (Arg) 7-5, 6-2

Berlocq C. (Arg) beat Delbonis F. (Arg) 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-3

Kohlschreiber P. (Ger) beat Rublev A. (Rus) 6-3, 6-1

Ramos A. (Esp) beat Mayer L. (Arg) 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4)           

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