Cuevas to face Johnson in Nottingham

Pablo Cuevas continued to surprise at the Aegon Open Nottingham on Friday as he defeated Gilles Muller to reach the final.

Prior to the start of the event, the Uruguayan had won just two grass-court matches in his entire career, but he's looked totally at home this week.

Up against Muller in the semi-finals, Cuevas battled back from a set down to secure a 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 victory, booking his first ever appearance in a grass-court final.

Cuevas came very close to defeat in the second set, but saved three break points in the ninth game before clinching the tie-break to level the scores.

Cuevas didn't let up in the third set either, breaking eighth seed Muller in game five before going on to seal victory. 

“Yesterday and today, I beat some really good players on this surface,” Cuevas said. “Gilles’ game is perfect for this surface. I’m so happy to win and it fills me with confidence. I’ve done a lot of work on grass. Now I move better and feel much more comfortable. This is my first time playing three or four matches in a week on grass and the feeling is good.

“Coming in, I thought getting one match was already good. But I had no idea I could play for a final. It’s perfect.”

Awaiting Cuevas in the final is American Steve Johnson, who was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Andreas Seppi.

Before dispatching Seppi, Johnson had to complete his delayed semi-final match against Kevin Anderson, holding on in the third set for a 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-4 victory.

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