Federer Meets Cuevas In Istanbul Final; Murray Seeks First Career Clay Title In Munich
by Staff | May 2nd, 2015, 2:51 pm

Roger Federer hasn’t been his best but he’s been good enough, reaching the Istanbul final this week after a second straight 3-set win.

The Swiss went three Friday against Daniel Gimeno-Traver and today Federer dropped the opening set before rallying to beat Diego Schwartzman 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. Federer, is seeking his first clay title since 2012 Madrid, and his first on red clay this decade!

“I think what was important in the third set was to keep working hard,” said Federer. “I needed to put in a lot of effort to stay with Diego.”

In the final, Federer will face Pablo Cuevas who ousted second seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4. The 29-year-old Uruguayan has just one career Top 10 win but is a perfect 3-0 in ATP finals in his career.

“Cuevas is playing very, very well,” Federer said. “I think it’s going to be a tough match. Cuevas has obviously played a lot on clay.”

In rainy Munich, Andy Murray won two matches today, beating Lukas Rosol in a contentious 3-set quarterfinal then taking down Roberto Bautista Agut.

“It was a tough, long day,” said Murray. “The first match was tough and in the second one there were some long rallies but I managed to serve quite well. Winning matches helps on any surface in building confidence and this was my first week of play since (Roland Garros) last year. It’s been 11 months since I’ve played on the surface. With each match I’ll feel a little more comfortable. Tomorrow will be a tough one. Hopefully we can both recover well and play a good match.”

Murray will face German favorite Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final. Murray is appearing in his first career clay final.

“The last matches we played were always pretty good and competitive,” said Kohlschreiber who is 1-2 vs Murray. “I think I’m on the right track. He’s No. 3 in the world and a great champion. He’s the favourite. I have the home crowd and my surroundings. I’m going to need a pretty good day to beat him.”

And in Estoril, Nick Kyrgios advanced this his first career ATP final turning away Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3.

“I’m very excited to play in my first final,” said Kyrgios. “I thought I served well the whole match and got some chances on his serve. I kept pushing after losing the first set and I thought I hung in well.”

Kyrgios will meet Richard Gasquet in the final. Gasquet ended the run of Bucharest champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, beating the Spaniard in a final set breaker. Kyrgios saved nine matchpoints in a win over the Frenchman last summer at Wimbledon.

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38 Comments for Federer Meets Cuevas In Istanbul Final; Murray Seeks First Career Clay Title In Munich

Daniel Says:

Staff have to correct the title, Murray seeks first clay title in Munich not Madrid.

Hope him and Fed win titles to enter Madrid with nore confidence and match ready.

Humble Rafa Says:

In honor of the Queen being born today, I think Mr. Lady Forehand should dedicate his upcoming loss to the lucky girl.

For the first time, I heard Mr. Lady Forehand mention his father today. Did Mr. Judass marry Deliciano? Need to check up on this important matter.

jane Says:

fed will play a pablo, but alas, it’s not pablo honey. andy and special k could be a good one. i give andy the edge though.

Hisyam Lee Says:

Who on earth would have thought Kyrgios would play his first career final on clay, instead of grass? Watch him out at French Open…

Colin Says:

And guess what – it’s raining in Munich and the the match hasn’t started yet!

Climate change deniers who say things haven’t altered in decades, should consider the number of outdoor sports events all round the world that are affected by rain.

What a fiasco it would be if today were another washout in Munich,

Gordon Says:

Once a funny troll, Humble Rafa has just been reduced to being a troll. His humour declines with each passing day that Nadal’s trophy hoisting becomes fewer and far between.

Giles Says:

The time in Munich right now is almost 1.45 pm. Andy’s match is scheduled for 3 pm. !!!

Giles Says:

Sorry, add one hour to the time I stated.

Margot Says:

Climate change and weather are not the same.
Which is why some can very plausibly deny.

skeezer Says:

“Gordon Says:
Once a funny troll….”
Once? Not even.

Colin Says:

Weather is the day-to-day manifestation of climate.If the mild, wet winters and wet summers in England continue for long enough, it will then be true to say that the climate has changed.

Polar ice melt has made it possible for ships to ply routes north of Russia which were previously blocked for centuries. In Alaska, polar bears, used to hunting on the ice, are moving inland, scavenging in urban areas and presenting a threat to human residents.

Note that I am saying nothing at all about the causes of climate change; I’m just saying it’s happening.

Daniel Says:

Fed already 4-1 first set.

Margot Says:

Weather is short term changes in atmosphere, climate is long term trends.
The climate of our planet obviously has changed over time eg those awful winters of the middle ages are nolonger the norm. But I believe the activities of people are accelerating these natural changes.

Daniel Says:

Cuevas is feeling some pain in his fore arm, match is pretty much over, 0-40 for Fed at 3-3.

jalep Says:

Also the rise of sea level is having an effect on plate tectonics. Increase in earthquakes strong enough to cause pole shift and trigger increased volcanic activity.

jalep Says:

Feeling particularly apocalyptic after taking my laptop back.

Margot Says:

No, you’re right jalep. On court warming up. And “warming up” is what they certainly need to do lol. Audience sitting in fleeces, rain coats and jumpers!

jalep Says:

Can’t the German scientists do something? Spray something in the clouds to dry them out a little help players “warming up” ? Make it pleasant out there for fans paying to sit there? Free beer, at the least.

Daniel Says:

Me and my mouth, Fed already had several
MP’s and doesn’t close it out.

Margot Says:

Match suspended, one of those darn days.
what about a ginormous umbrella?
Fed and Richard win. Well done. NK sounded like a dieing swan in the rallies!

jalep Says:

Mother nature needs some intelligent human intervention.

Daniel Says:

Congrats Fed on another title, 85th and counting. Looks like Lendls mark is achievable.
Now go Murray and wins yours.

Giles Says:

Congrats Richie – avenged!! Well done!
@Daniel. You didn’t think to congratulate Richard Gasquet????

KatH Says:

I hope to Daniel, says Murray, if I ever manage to stay on court long enuf to complete…

Margot Says:

Andy’s match cancelled. :(

jalep Says:

Congratulations to RiChat Gasquet!

And to Roger Federer on his 8th title!

@Margot. They will try again tomorrow?

jalep Says:


jalep Says:

Or have a chess match indoors on clay to decide.

M Says:

@jalep – LOL.

I think they may have to do that — they’re expecting rain again tomorrow in the forecast.

madmax Says:

Well, Federer really took too long to close out the match – 5 match points? That was nerve wracking to say the least.

However, eventually, finally, nail bitingly he got it one.
In the tie-breaker… I felt it was Pablo’s nerves that helped a bit.. otherwise he could not capitalize, it kept swinging between set point, match point, set point, match point, eventually, championship point but too close… had he lost this set, huge possibility of losing the match, I felt he edged out a win, helped with Pablo’s nerves – Pablo was such a noisy one though.

on to Madrid now, keeping keeping fingers crossed for Fed to go far in Madrid – however, I feel it is Rafa’s for the taking.

madmax Says:

Reading a lot more about Rafa’s building confidence. I don’t believe it has ever disappeared, I just feel that he hasn’t played as well as expected, but the talent is, clearly, still there.

Madrid is there for the taking – thanks to the absence of Novak, and once Rafa wins that, he will be the favourite for RG, as the confidence will have returned and be in full flow.

Daniel Says:


I didn’t check Gasquet c Ktrgios match by that time. But super congrats to Gasquet to get back to winning circle. One of the most talented player who just doesn’t have that extra gear to become a champion he could. C’est la vie

Giles Says:

Daniel. I agree. :)

Dc Says:

Fed and Nole are the only ones to have won a tournament on both hard and clay surfaces this year.

steve-o Says:

madmax: after two years of desultory results on clay, he’s clearly serious about adapting his new, post-racket game plan to the dirt.

In that regard, playing three clay-courters in a row was good for him to get information on his game. Definitely seemed to be hesitant about when to pull the trigger through much of the tournament, but managed to win the title anyway. It’s a very good win for him. It’s also nice that he’s breaking new ground as the first champion of a new tournament. He certainly gave the Turkish fans plenty of entertainment.

He looks to be in good shape for Madrid, but we’ll know more in a week.

KatH Says:

It seems if rain stops play tomorrow (Munich-which seems likely) – no final will take place given that both players have onward commitments. They would have to call it a draw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This at 10.25pm UK time.

wilfried Says:

Beating Rafa at Roland Garros would be breaking new ground for Roger. Winning Istanboul isn’t in my view.

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