Cuevas Pushes Sao Paulo Streak To 14
Such things seem to be guaranteed these days. The Uruguayan stretched his winning streak to 14 matches in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, beating Austrian Sebastian Ofner 6-4, 7-6(4) to make the quarter-finals.
“I'm so happy to win today... I feel fantastic. I have very good memories in Sao Paulo,” Cuevas said.
The reigning three-time champion dropped only three first-serve points (32/35) and will next meet fifth seed Leonardo Mayer, who advanced to his third Brasil Open quarter-final (2012, 2015) with a 7-5, 6-4 win against fellow Argentine Carlos Berlocq.
Mayer will try to reach his first Sao Paulo semi-final. “I'm very happy for this tournament. I like playing in Sao Paulo,” Mayer said.
Second seed Fabio Fognini won his 11th match of the season, breaking five times to beat Portuguese qualifier Joao Domingues 7-5, 6-1. Fognini, a 2008 semi-finalist in Sao Paulo, will next meet Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who beat 2014 champion Federico Delbonis of Argentina 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4 to make his first quarter-final in Sao Paulo.
“It was very equal all the match. The key of the match was the first game of the third set. I broke him. That gave me a lot of power and energy to win the match,” Garcia-Lopez said.
“I had a thousand things going through my head. I was trying to think about the special moments I spent in tennis. I'm grateful for the 21 years of my career, to keep the high level is difficult. But it's just happiness. They made me cry again today, but it was tears of joy, of mission fulfilled,” Sa said of his last match. “Everything was in the right moment... I was physically and technically able to continue, but I decided to stop.”