ROME – Uruguayan tennis player Pablo Cuevas defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday, making his way through to the 2nd round of the Rome Masters.
The world No. 23, achieved a 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory in an hour and 48 minutes.
Cuevas, a semifinalist at the Madrid Open last week, confirmed he is in good shape when he defeated Mannarino, world No. 47, who came to the match after passing two previous rounds against Italian Salvatore Caruso and American Jared Donaldson.
The Uruguayan won this year’s tournament in Sao Paulo in Brazil, when he defeated Spaniard Albert Ramos.
In the next round, Cuevas will face the Austrian Dominic Thiem, world number 7, who last week lost in the semifinals of the tournament in Madrid.