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Roger Federer beats Pablo Cuevas in Istanbul final for 1st title on clay in 3 years

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates with his trophy after beating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay following the final match of the Istanbul Open tennis tournament at Garanti Koza Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, May 3, 2015. The Istanbul Open was the first ever ATP World Tour event in Turkey. (AP Photo)

    Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates with his trophy after beating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay following the final match of the Istanbul Open tennis tournament at Garanti Koza Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, May 3, 2015. The Istanbul Open was the first ever ATP World Tour event in Turkey. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland plays against  Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during the final match of the Istanbul Open tennis tournament at Garanti Koza Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, May 3, 2015. Federer won the final match of the Istanbul Open, the first ever ATP World Tour event in Turkey. (AP Photo)

    Roger Federer of Switzerland plays against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during the final match of the Istanbul Open tennis tournament at Garanti Koza Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, May 3, 2015. Federer won the final match of the Istanbul Open, the first ever ATP World Tour event in Turkey. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his winning match point after beating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in the final match of the Istanbul Open tennis tournament at Garanti Koza Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, May 3, 2015. The Istanbul Open was the first ever ATP World Tour event in Turkey. (AP Photo)

    Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his winning match point after beating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in the final match of the Istanbul Open tennis tournament at Garanti Koza Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, May 3, 2015. The Istanbul Open was the first ever ATP World Tour event in Turkey. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Top-seeded Roger Federer claimed his 85th title Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (11) win over Pablo Cuevas in the final of the Istanbul Open.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner fended off strong resistance from the third-seeded Uruguayan, who saved four match points.

Federer, who claimed his first title on clay since winning in Madrid in 2012, broke for a 4-3 lead in the second set but dropped his serve immediately after hitting a double fault and missing two forehands.

The Swiss continued to struggle with consistency in the tiebreaker but a superb backhand volley earned him a fifth match point that he converted when Cuevas sent a forehand in the net.

It was Federer's third title this season following victories in Brisbane and Dubai on hard court.