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I♥PsY@Mus!c 01-07-2005 06:31 AM

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Tommy Robredo visitó Kia en Tenerife.

El pasado mes de diciembre el afamado tenista gerundense estuvo firmando autógrafos en el concesionario de Santa Cruz de Tenerife de la marca KIA. Robredo recibió a todos los aficionados que se acercaron siendo obsequiados con gorras y posters con su rúbrica.

Tommy Robredo se interesó y fotografió con los modelos Kia, marca que fue patrocinadora oficial
de la Copa Davis 2004 donde el equipo español, del que Tommy forma parte, fue el ganador de la “ensaladera”.

El tenista abandonó las instalaciones al volante de un Kia Carnival, con el que disfrutó
durante su estancia en Tenerife.

I♥PsY@Mus!c 01-07-2005 06:34 AM

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Tennis: Robredo hoping to play a mean game in Auckland

Tommy Robredo is hoping to play a mean game in Auckland next week. Picture / Richard Robinson

by David Leggat

A glance at Tommy Robredo's end-of-season standings for the last three years paints a picture of a player on the up.

The last three years have had the 22-year-old righthander in 30th, 21st and now 13th spot on the world rankings.

There's a pattern here, but for Robredo it's a case of small steps on his way towards the top.

You won't get Robredo claiming he'll be at the summit of the men's game by the end of this year, perched alongside, or ahead of, the peerless Roger Federer. But the ambition is there.

"Every year I get closer. I am always going up, so why not?" he said after a workout at the ASB Tennis centre this week in preparation for next week's Heineken Open for which he is second seed behind Argentine world No 7 Guillermo Coria.

"The last year was my best year. I have to improve everything. The most important is my serve.

"This year [2004] I improved a lot of things in my game and I won my second title in Barcelona. That was very special because winning at home is not easy."

Robredo has got where he has through consistency. In addition to the Barcelona win, he was a quarter-finalist or better eight times earning US$860,000 ($1.2 million).

But perhaps pride of place goes to being part of Spain's second Davis Cup-winning team in Seville last month.

Robredo was courtside as Carlos Moya clinched the cup with a straight-sets win over American Andy Roddick.

"It was special because I played all the ties. We kept going and going and going. We knew it would be a tough final but we did a great job as a team."

At the moment of triumph "my heart was beating so hard. It is a lot different than when you are on court".

"On court you don't feel that pressure but when you are on the side you can't do anything.

"When you have to see another guy doing things you say 'come on do this, do this'. It's not easy."

Robredo is in the vanguard of a stellar era in Spanish tennis.

Just as the swarm of Russian players are changing the face of the women's game, a case can be made that Spain is the pre-eminent nation among the men.

Thirteen Spaniards are in the world's top 100, seven - Moya at No 5, Robredo, Feliciano Lopez at 25, Juan Carlos Ferrero at 31 and Fernando Verdasco at 34, David Ferrer at 44 and Rafael Nadal at 46 - are among the top 50.

Three of those five will be in Auckland next week, with Ferrero and Nadal, the beaten finalist here last year, on their way along with No 68 Alberto Martin.

"For the last five or six years we've had more than 20 guys in the top 200, which is great for us.

"It's not only about having players in the top 10 and that's very important," Robredo said.

Robredo's best Grand Slam result was making the last eight at the French Open in 2003.

Last year his Barcelona victory over Argentine Gaston Gaudio was the second longest final of the year at 3h 46m.

And in addition to clearly being fit as a flea, Robredo has a cool head in a tight spot. His third set tiebreak record last year was 5-1.

Robredo was named after The Who's groundbreaking rock opera by his father Angel (and yes, he heard many of the songs when he was young, he has the DVD but finds watching it hard going).

He has brought his mother Dolores, father, coach Mariano Monachesi and physiotherapist on his first trip to Auckland.

This is no fun break before the serious part of the year.

"I want to play a great first tournament," he said. "Obviously it's great preparation for the Australian Open.

"If you ask me, what do I prefer to win [Auckland or Australia] it's obvious.

"But the best thing to do is to win here, play as many matches as possible and get ready for the Australian Open."

Robredo, both of whose parents are tennis coaches, began playing the game at five, but reckons "I was born with a racquet in my hand".

He likes the challenge and competitiveness of other sports but his time dabbling is limited by his career commitments.

He's a fan of Barcelona Football Club and as they are 10 points clear at the top of the Spanish premier division approaching the halfway point he should be in good spirits.

And a chat this week suggests he is. A win here next week would be the perfect start to Robredo's plans for the year ahead.

Take away Federer and world No 2 Roddick and there's not much to separate the chasing pack.

"My goal is the same as last year, try to reach top 10. I'm really close. I want to arrive at that goal, then go to another one."

Small steps? "That's it."

* Tommy Robredo

Born: May 1, 1982, Hostalric, Spain
Lives: Barcelona
Height: 1.80m
Weight: 74kg
Turned pro: 1998
World ranking: 13
ATP titles: 2 singles (Sopot, Poland, 2001 and Barcelona 2004), 1 doubles (Chennai, 2004) Career earnings: US$2.2 million

Eruwen 01-07-2005 09:25 AM

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Thanks for the interview! :)

loret 01-07-2005 12:35 PM

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Nice to hear that Tommy's head is in the right place. Cute that his parents are with him right now...I rarely see them at matches that are not in Spain.

Fergie 01-07-2005 02:27 PM

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Thank for the article ... Vamos Tommy :bigclap:

soso 01-08-2005 09:18 PM

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Great articles !! Where is the "ASB Tennis centre " ?

Lenka 01-08-2005 09:31 PM

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Thanks!! Vamos Tommy!

I♥PsY@Mus!c 01-08-2005 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by soso
Great articles !! Where is the "ASB Tennis centre " ?

Also in Auckland ;)

soso 01-08-2005 09:52 PM

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Originally Posted by CrAzYgIrL♥TR
Also in Auckland ;)

;) thanks

WinterDreams 01-09-2005 06:57 PM

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It's a little late, but I wish you all a happy healthy and successful new year! :wavey:
I had nice holidays between Christmas and New Year's Days. :)
I hope you all, too :D

Thanks a lot for a interesting interview from Auckland, CrAzYgIrL♥TR! :bigwave:

I♥PsY@Mus!c 01-11-2005 04:56 PM

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Three Spaniards Lose, Three Qualifiers Win
January 11, 2005

Second seed Tommy Robredo was one of two seeds to fall to a qualifier on Tuesday after holding a one set lead before Raemon Sluiter rallied to win 4-6 6-4 6-4. Broken twice in the first set then once again early in the second, Sluiter was down one set and 4-1 in the second. He claimed the final five games of the second set, winning two by breaking Robredo, to level the match at a set apiece. Sluiter broke Robredo in the ninth game of the third set to get all the advantage he would need.


Robredo: “I’m very disappointed. :sad::sad::sad: It’s my first tournament of the year. I didn’t finish the match when I should have. I had a chance in the third, and didn’t do it.”

Sluiter: Tommy’s level went a little bit down, and mine went a little more up. I got loose and just started going for it more.”

Lenka 01-20-2005 07:31 PM

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can anybody translate this article please?? :)

El hombro de Tommy Robredo puede dejarle sin Copa Davis
La tercera jornada del Open de Australia ha servido para que Feliciano López y Tommy Robredo se hayan metido en la tercera ronda del torneo. ‘Feli’ se las verá ahora con Joachim Johansson, con un servicio incluso superior al del madrileño. Robredo tiene un partido más asequible ante el chipriota Baghdatis, aunque su juego está condicionado por los dolores en su hombro derecho que padece desde finales de 2004. El gerundense tuvo que parar antes de la final de Copa Davis ante Estados Unidos y ha tenido que renunciar en la presente temporada a formar dobles con Rafael Nadal.

El manacorí tuvo que buscarse a Ferrero de pareja en Auckland y a Albert Costa en el primer ‘Grand Slam’. Con el ilerdense ganó en Doha y repetirá en la gira sudamericana de tierra batida. “Estoy con el hombro un poco mal, me duele y me cuesta aceptarlo, y eso afecta a mi cabeza y a mi juego, porque estoy mas pendiente de eso que de otra cosa”, decía Tommy tras su triunfo con Zib por 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

El G3, tras la renuncia a la Davis de Moyá, quiere que Nadal se centre en los individuales. De esta forma, y más con los problemas físicos de Robredo, los madrileños López y Verdasco tienen la oportunidad de convencer a los capitanes para ser la pareja en Eslovaquia. ‘Vivi’ Ruano, junto a Conchita Martínez, no podrá revalidar el título en dobles al caer en primera ronda.

I♥PsY@Mus!c 01-21-2005 02:48 AM

Re: ~<Tommy News>~ may help you a little bit...

But I also want someone to translate the passage! ;)

Lenka 01-21-2005 01:15 PM

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Thanks Crazygirl! :worship:
so that´s it:

The shoulder of Tommy Robredo can leave him without Cup Davis
The third day of the Open of Australia has served so that Feliciano López and Tommy Robredo have itself put in the third round of the tournament. ‘Feli' will be seen them now with Joachim Johansson, with an even upper service al of the resident of madrid. Robredo has a more accessible party before the Cypriot one Baghdatis, although its play is conditioned by the pains in its right shoulder that suffers from ends of 2004. The of gerona had to stop before the end of Cup Davis before United States and has had that to renounce in the present season to form double with Rafael Nadal.

The manacorí had to be sought to Ferrero of couple in Auckland and to Albert Coast in the first one ‘Grand Slam'. With the ilerdense gained in Doha and will repeat in the south american tour of land beaten. “I am with the shoulder a little badly, hurts me and costs me to accept it, and that affects to my head and to my play, because I am but slope of that that of another thing”, said Tommy after its triumph with Zib for 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The G3, after the renunciation to the Davis of Moyá, wants that Nadal be centered in the individual. In this way, and more with the physical problems of Robredo, the of Madrid López and Verdasco have the opportunity to convince to the captains to be the couple in Slovakia. ‘Vivi' Roan, next to Conchita Martínez, will not be able to renew the title in double al to fall in the first round.

Cnedra 01-29-2005 05:38 PM

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...Uf, I think that now make the going to be really...really...complicated, no only because the shoulder of Tommy but more since Muñoz won the elections, nowadays tennis is politics!! is horrible!

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