Roger Federer wins Istanbul Open for first clay title since 2012

Roger Federer
Federer had not won on clay since the Madrid Open in 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.external-link

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."

Roger Federer
Roger Federer is preparing for this month's French Open, a title he won in 2009