SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas won his third consecutive Brasil Open title by beating Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4 on Monday in a final that eventually finished more than 24 hours late after successive rain delays.
The match was halted on Sunday with third seed Cuevas trailing 7-6(3) 3-3. The final was due to restart on Monday at noon local time (10.00 a.m. ET) but it was past 6 pm (4.00 p.m. ET) before the persistent rain relented and the contest could restart.
When it did, the world No. 33 quickly took control, winning the second set 6-4 and then taking the third by the same score against the second-seeded Spaniard who is ranked 24th.
The final took almost three hours to complete and the victory gave Cuevas his sixth career title.
(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris)