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Pablo Cuevas defeaats Aljaz Bedene on Saturday to reach the semi-finals in Cordoba.

Cuevas Books Pella Clash In Cordoba

33-year-old improves to 2-0 against Bedene

Pablo Cuevas booked his place in the Cordoba Open semi-finals, beating Aljaz Bedene 7-6(2) 6-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Having trailed Bedene 1-3 when play was suspended due to rain and wind on Friday night, Cuevas broke immediately upon the resumption of play and dominated a first-set tie-break to take a one-set lead. The Uruguayan, who was appearing in his first tour-level quarter-final since the Brasil Open in February 2018, then breezed through the second set, winning each of his 11 first-serve points and 54 per cent of return points to book a semi-final clash against eighth seed Guido Pella.

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Cuevas and Pella are tied at 1-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. In 2016, Cuevas defeated Pella in three sets to win the Rio Open presented by Claro.

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Cuevas has won all of his six ATP Tour trophies on clay. The 33-year-old's past four titles have come on Brazilian soil, with triumphs in Sao Paulo (2015-'17) and Rio de Janeiro (2016).
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