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 72nd-ranked Portuguese 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.

Second-seeded Joao Sousa ousted Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 7-5, 7-6 (1). Sousa was 2-5 down in the second set and saved two set points in the 10th game. Mayer had a disastrous tiebreaker " winning the opening point before losing the next seven.

Andrej Martin rallied to defeat seventh-seeded Martin Klizan 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in an all-Slovak match.

Klizan won his fifth career title last week in Hamburg and had won 12 straight sets, including the first set against Martin.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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