Sao Paulo Final To Finish Monday
Cuevas and Ramos-Vinolas will return to battle for title
Second seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas and third seed Pablo Cuevas will complete their rain-delayed Brasil Open final on Monday, with play scheduled to resume at 12:00pm local time in Sao Paulo. The heavens opened as Ramos-Vinolas led the two-time defending champion 7-6(3), 3-3.
Both players traded service holds throughout the opening set, but the Spaniard ran away with the tie-break as Cuevas’ steady baseline game betrayed him. The Uruguayan hit four consecutive errors to give Ramos-Vinolas a 6/2 lead and a forehand error from Cuevas on set point gave the Spaniard a commanding advantage.
Perhaps aided by a brief rain delay just one point into the second set, the defending champion regrouped by racing to a 3-1 lead, but Ramos-Vinolas fought hard to get the break back. With Ramos-Vinolas serving at 3-3, a more substantial shower began and the players were brought off the court.
Cuevas has once again produced his top form in Sao Paulo and extended his win streak here to 12 matches. Having entered the tournament with a 3-9 record since the US Open, he came alive this week with wins over sixth seed Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals and top seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the semi-finals.
Ramos-Vinolas looks to put the perfect end to his run in the Golden Swing of clay-court events in South America. The Spaniard recorded semi-final showings at the Ecuador Open and Rio Open presented by Claro, as well as a quarter-final finish at the Argentina Open.