Federer Wins Inaugural Istanbul Open Crown
Roger Federer wins an ATP World Tour title in a 19th different country.
"It's been a tough week; four tough matches," said Federer. "I thought the final was my best one. I'm very happy. I'm very proud to be the first champion here at the first-time tournament here in Istanbul. In Turkey, I've had a wonderful week. On and off the court, I was able to visit the city a little bit, meet a lot of people, enjoy the crowd support and experience Turkey.
"It's been crazy, in a good way, and I hope I can do it again one day. Right now, I'm just happy I was able to win the tournament. It's always the best feeling for an athlete to be the champion at the end of a long tough week."
The World No. 2 improved to 85-43 in tour-level finals and added to his two other titles already this season (also Brisbane, Dubai).
With the win, Turkey became the 19th different country in which Federer has won an ATP World Tour title.
The top seed capitalised on one one of his three break point opportunities to easily take the first set in 33 minutes. The Swiss broke again in the seventh game of the second set and looked to be in cruise control until the 29-year-old Uruguayan broke back to level the set at 4-all. Federer then earned triple break point on Cuevas' serve before the World No. 23 was able to hold at 5-4.
In the eventual second set tie-break, Federer saved three set points and needed five match points to finally seal the victory in one hour and 36 minutes.
Cuevas was attempting to capture his second ATP World Tour title of the season, having won the crown in Sao Paulo in February.
"It's difficult to face Roger, not only because of his game but also to stay focused on the game and not get distracted," said Cuevas. "It was a very good experience for me, and I think it will help me in the future."
As winner, Federer took home 80,000 Euros and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Cuevas earned 42,100 Euros and 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points.