ATP Umag: Guido Pella and Laslo Djere earn hard-fought wins

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ATP Umag: Guido Pella and Laslo Djere earn hard-fought wins

The 23-year-old Serb Laslo Djere has clinched his first ATP win since reaching the semi-final in Istanbul, beating 2014 Umag champion Pablo Cuevas 6-4 1-6 6-3 after two hours and nine minutes. It was a great battle throughout the match and Cuevas actually won more points than Djere, as they both lost serve twice.

Still, Djere had to play against only four break chances while the Uruguayan needed more effort to reduce Laslo on only three breaks, saving nine out of 12 break chances he faced but losing the ground after being broken twice in the deciding set.

It was the best possible start for both players, finding their rhythm in service games early on and sailing through the opening eight games to be leveled at 4-4. Laslo finally converted the fourth break point in the next game when Cuevas' backhand landed long and he sealed the set with three winners in game 10 on own serve.

Pablo saved two break points at 1-1 in the second set and he gained the momentum after that, breaking in game four when Laslo's backhand found the net and again after a forehand mistake from Djere in game six, opening a 5-1 advantage.

Pablo grabbed the set with three winners in the seventh game and he was now the favorite for the overall win, especially after breaking Djere at the start of a decider. The youngster wasted numerous game points before he lost serve but he managed to stay calm and get it back immediately after a forehand winner in game two.

The decisive moment came in game eight when Pablo netted an easy backhand to hand his serve to Djere who crossed the finish line after a forehand error from his rival in game nine to enter the last 16. Monday's results: