SAO PAULO (AP) Pablo Cuevas won his third ATP title on Sunday by defeating qualifier Luca Vanni 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) in the Brazil Open final.
The 32nd-ranked Uruguayan lost his serve at 4-4 in the third set but rebounded to force the tiebreaker and clinch the victory at the clay-court tournament in Sao Paulo.
Cuevas has won all three singles finals he has played. His first two titles came last year, also on clay.
The 149th-ranked Vanni, who served 13 aces, had the tournament of his career despite the loss. The 29-year-old Italian had never won a match on the ATP World Tour entering the week. He was the first qualifier to reach the Brazil Open final in the tournament's 15-year history.