Pablo Cuevas is hitting the headlines for two reasons: first, he won his 3rd consecutive title in San Paulo; second, on match point he hit an underarm serve on the second serve against Albert Ramos-Vinolas  (too scared?). The Uruguayan won the final 6-7 (3) 6-4 6-4 after the match was delayed by one day because of the rain.

    

 

 

Why I hit the underarm serve. CUEVAS

After the match, Pablo explained why he made that choice

“I was making a lot of double faults (12!). When I prepared to hit that second serve, there was a big chance that I would hit a double fault. So I thought about the possibility of the underarm serve and that it was something I probably shouldn’t do. But I also should not do another double fault. So I just stopped thinking, and I did it.”

This is Pablo’s 6th career title. Probably the strangest after that serve.

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