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Robredo Captures Second Bastad Title
Third-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo captured his first title of the season at the Catella Swedish Open in Bastad on Sunday, defeating fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-1.
It is the second title in Bastad for Robredo, who was also the champion in 2006 with victory over Nikolay Davydenko. He improves his tournament record to 21-6. The Barcelona resident now has seven career ATP titles; his last one came at Metz last year, where he defeated Andy Murray in the final.
“I am obviously very happy to have won the title here in Bastad once again,” said Robredo. “I love this tournament and it feels great to win it here. I want to thank everyone who makes this tournament happen. The people here are very nice, treat us really well, and this is one of the reasons why the players love to play in Bastad. I am not even going to say that I will be back next year because everyone knows that I will."
The 26-year-old Robredo failed to win back-to-back matches on the ATP circuit until April this season, but has since found his form, reaching the Valencia semifinals (l. to Ferrer), the final at Warsaw (l. to Davydenko) and two quarterfinals at Barcelona (l. to Ferrer) and ATP Masters Series Rome (l. to Roddick).
His title effort this week has improved the World No. 17’s season match record to 26-14 and his lifetime record in ATP singles finals to 7-7. It is his sixth clay-court title.
After a tight first set where one extra break from Robredo was enough to settle it, the right-hander then broke Berdych on three occasions in the first, fifth and seventh games of the second set and performed well on serve throughout, making 82% of first serves to level his series head-to-head with Berdych at 2-2 after 1 hr., 14 min.
The pair first met at the 2004 Athens Olympics, where Berdych won 8-6 in the third set, before Robredo avenged that loss a year later in Dubai. Berdych won their last meeting, and their only previous one on clay, last year at Masters Series Monte-Carlo.
“I felt something in my knee in the sixth game of the match when I was down 3-2,” admitted Berdych. “I'm not sure what is this pain but since I just came back from an ankle injury I was afraid to force too much. The crowd was amazing today so I didn't want to retire without trying. I did everything I could but to beat Tommy when you are 100% is already difficult, imagine when you are not. Tommy played well all week and deserved to win the title."
“It is unfortunate that Tomas felt an injury in his knee in the first set,” commented Robredo. “But I think I deserved to win the title regardless of what happened in the final. I believe that in a tournament you don't win it only in the final, but during the entire week. I played a good match against Jarkko (Nieminen) and yesterday in the semifinal I think I played really well against David (Ferrer)."
In the semifinals, Robredo defeated top seed and defending champion David Ferrer, while Berdych defeated second-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the first time since 1984 that the top four seeds had completed the semifinal line-up.
It is the second time that the 22-year-old Berdych has finished as runner-up at Bastad, having also fallen short on his debut in the 2005 final against Rafael Nadal. His event record slips to 7-3.
The former World No. 9 (current No. 23) was searching for his first ATP singles title since 2007 Halle, where he defeated Marcos Baghdatis in the final to captured his third career title. He now drops to 3-4 lifetime in ATP singles finals.
The Monte-Carlo resident has improved to 21-14 for the season on the strength of his run through to the final at Bastad. His season highlights until this week had been a semifinal exit at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami (l. to Nadal) and a quarterfinal appearance in Sydney (l. to Guccione).