Sunday, February 6, 2011

Robredo Edges Giraldo To Win Movistar Open Title

Robredo Edges Giraldo To Win Movistar Open Title

Tommy Robredo made it past Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 to claim the Movistar Open title in santiago de Chile.

“Extremely happy about this 10th title,” said Robredo. “Ten is a very nice number and it feels good to lift the trophy again.”

The Spaniard won six straight games to go up a set and a break. Giraldo recovered the service break in the second game, and broke the Spaniard two more times to win the set and leveled the match.

The Colombian broke for a 3-2 lead in the third set, but was broken back and Robredo got back on serve at 5-4. Robredo sealed the win in the tie-break on his second match point opportunity.

“When he served at 5-3 in the third, he started being less aggressive and put the ball more in play which allowed me to play longer and get into the court again,” said Robredo. “He was hitting really hard until then and it was really tough to put my game together.”

“I feel I started the year well. I am feeling great. It gives me a lot of hope to continue this way,” he said. “I think I can have the best or one of the best years in my career in 2011.”

“The plan is now to get to Sauipe as soon as possible and to try to get used to the conditions before playing my first round,” said Robredo. “When you do well at one event it means you have less time to adapt in the next one. I hope I can do well still over there.”

“I am a bit disappointed as I served for the match at 5-3,” said Giraldo. “I think my lack of experience played a part at that time. I maybe got a bit tense and it went against me. On the other hand, I am very happy about the match we played. I gave everything I had, I played with all my heart and, in the end, Tommy won the match and was the better player.

“I’ve had a great week over here and I hope to continue this way.”

Source AP/ATP
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