Pablo Cuevas beats Leonardo Mayer to reach Brazil Open semifinals

Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay. (Francois Mori/AP)

SAO PAULO — Three-time defending champion Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay beat Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-7 (13), 7-6 (7) on Friday to reach the Brazil Open semifinals

The third-seeded Cuevas will face second-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in the clay-court event. Fognini beat Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 6-2.

Chile’s Nicolas Jarry upset top-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the late match to set up a semifinal against Horacio Zeballo of Argentina. Zeballo topped Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4.

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