Elias recovers in time to upset top-seeded Cuevas in Umag
UMAG, Croatia (AP) Gastao Elias won a dramatic tiebreaker to upset top-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in the second round of the Croatia Open on Thursday.
The Brazilian rallied to beat 2014 champion Cuevas 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) and reach his third quarterfinal this year after a grueling battle from the baseline.
Cuevas was on the brink of defeat even before the tiebreaker, trailing 3-5 in the third set. The Uruguayan then won three games in a row, losing only three points and appearing to be in command.
But Elias saved a match point at 6-7 in the tiebreaker, clinching victory with three consecutive points.
Elias next faces sixth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain who defeated Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-2.