ISTANBUL – Switzerland’s Roger Federer, the top seed, defeated Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6 (13-11) on Sunday in the final of the Istanbul Open to win his 85th career title.
The 33-year-old Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner, was appearing for the first time in the Turkish city, where he upped to 19 the number of countries where he has won a title.
The world No. 2 was the marquee name at the inaugural TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open, which was played at the Koza World of Sports complex.
Federer took the first set in dominant fashion in his first meeting with Cuevas, the No. 3 seed, on the ATP Tour.
The Uruguayan dug in after dropping the first set and pushed Federer in the second set tiebreaker.
Federer has now won three titles this year, adding the Istanbul championship to his wins in Brisbane and Dubai.