Roger Federer wins Istanbul Open for first clay title since 2012
Roger Federer won Sunday's Istanbul Open final, recording the 85th title of his professional career and his first clay-court success in three years.
The Swiss world number two beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-3 7-6 (13-11).
Cuevas - ranked 23 in the world - tested Federer in the second set but twice had to call for the trainer to treat an injured wrist.
"It's been a while since I won a title on clay," said Federer. "It's been a pleasure playing here."
Federer, 33, took a 4-1 lead early on with some precise hitting and Cuevas's unforced errors cost him the set.
The Uruguayan, though, competed well in the second, despite his wrist problems, and had a set-point in the tie-break.
But Federer converted his second match-point to secure the title - a boost in confidence for the 17-time major champion before the upcoming French Open.
In Portugal, France's Richard Gasquet beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-2 to win the Estoril Open.
"It was a tough match and Nick put up a fight, he's very dangerous, part of the future of the sport," said Gasquet.
"My fitness improved all week and I served better in each match."