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Pablo Cuevas takes Rio Open with victory over Guido Pella


Associated Press

23:38 EST, 21 February 2016

23:38 EST, 21 February 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay claimed his fourth ATP singles title with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory over Guido Pella of Argentina in the final of the Rio Open on Sunday.

The match was delayed for more than three hours by a torrential downpour with the first set tied at 3-3. Cuevas, who defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, came out of the break fresher than Pella, a first-time ATP Tour finalist.

In the women’s final, former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone defeated American Shelby Rogers 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 for her seventh WTA title. The victory marked a turnaround for the Italian, whose ranking has slipped to No. 132 after reaching No. 4 in 2011.

The Rio Open was plagued by rain all week and the men’s final was played in a sparsely filled center-court stadium.

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