It was debut and farewell. Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas fell to Swedish Mikael Ymer 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the ATP 250 in Kitzbühel, Austria, the last of the year on brick dust on the big circuit.
The oldest of the Cuevas brothers, 35, is ranked No. 94 in the world rankings and failed in his debut in the traditional Kitzbühel championship against the youngest of the Swedish brothers Ymer, 22.
Cuevas now went 9-10 in 2021, where his best job at the ATP senior level was the semi-final on clay in Geneva, when he lost to Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
Cuevas participated for the third time at the Kitzbühel and barely achieved a win, in 2019. Both in 2017 and this year he gave up in his debut in the tournament that marks the end of the season on clay, in Europe and around the circuit.
On slow courts, Cuevas’ record as a professional is 167-114 after this event in Austria.