Tommy Robredo

Profession: Tennis player
Age: 37
Birth date: 1. 05. 1982
Birth place: Hostalric, Spain
Sign: Bull   
Height: 180 cm

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Tommy Robredo Garcés is a professional tennis player from Spain. On 8 May 2006, he broke into the world's top ten for the first time. His highest singles ranking to date is No. 5, which he first reached on 28 August 2006 soon after winning the Hamburg Masters.

He turned professional in 1998, and is coached by José Manuel "Pepo" Clavet, who has coached Àlex Corretja, Fernando Verdasco, and his brother Francisco Clavet. Robredo considers his forehand to be his best shot, and red clay is his favorite surface.

Tennis career
Early years

Robredo began playing tennis regularly when he was five and his family moved to Olot, where his father Ángel became the director of the local tennis club, Club Natació Olot. (Robredo's mother Dolores is herself a former assistant coach.) He was coached by his father until 1996 when he joined the Spanish Tennis Federation at the Centre d'Alt Rendiment ("High Performance Center"), a famous center for professional sports training in Sant Cugat del Vallès. He turned professional in 1998.

As a junior player, Robredo won the Junior Orange Bowl 16-Under in both singles and doubles (with Marc López) in 1998. As a professional he made the singles and doubles finals of a Futures-level event, winning the doubles title with Pedro Cánovas. In 1999 he made the semifinals of the boys' event at the French Open and won a Futures tournament in singles as well as another in doubles. Earlier that year in Robredo's hometown tournament of Barcelona - his first event at the ATP Tour level - he recorded a fantastic win over Marat Safin, who was then ranked in the world's top thirty, before going on to lose to top ten player Todd Martin.

In 2000 Robredo reached the singles and doubles finals of the boys' event at Roland Garros, losing to Paul-Henri Mathieu in singles but winning the doubles with López. He also won the boy's doubles title at the Australian Open (with Nicolas Mahut) and won two Challenger-level tournaments, making the finals of a third and winning the doubles title in a fourth (with Michael Russell).

2001 was a breakthrough season for Robredo: He reached his first final at the ATP Tour level in Casablanca and won his first title on the main tour in Sopot. He also made the fourth round at two Grand Slams, losing to Yevgeny Kafelnikov at the French Open and winning a fantastic five-set match against world number five Juan Carlos Ferrero at the U.S. Open before losing to Andy Roddick. Robredo also made the semifinals of three other tour events, and by the end of 2001 he was the second youngest player to end the season inside the world's top thirty, behind Roddick.

Robredo began 2002 by partnering with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario to win the Hopman Cup for Spain. In the Final against the United States, Sánchez Vicario lost 1-6 6-7 to Monica Seles before Robredo levelled the tie with a 6-3 2-6 7-6 victory over Jan-Michael Gambill. The Spanish pair then won the Mixed Doubles 6-4 6-2.

Unlike the previous year, in 2002 Robredo was not able to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament. However, he reached his first ATP Masters Series quarterfinal at the Rome Masters and quickly bettered that result by reaching his first Masters semifinal at Hamburg. Three additional semifinal results (at 's-Hertogenbosch, Båstad, and Stockholm) and a quarterfinal in Stuttgart helped Robredo end a second season ranked inside the world's top thirty. This season also saw Robredo pass the million-dollar mark in career earnings and make his debut in Spain's Davis Cup team against the United States.

Arguably, the highlight of Robredo's 2003 season was his run to the quarterfinal of the French Open. Robredo's result was notable in that he took out world number one Lleyton Hewitt in five sets and three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten before eventually falling in a second five-set match to defending champion Albert Costa. Robredo remarked before his match against Costa: "I've beaten the ace, I've beaten the king," in reference to his wins over Hewitt and Kuerten. "Now I need to beat the jack, don't I? If I beat Costa, I'll have beaten the entire pack of cards." Despite not reaching a quarterfinal in any Masters Series event this season, strong showings in other tournaments, including three quarterfinals, three semifinals (one of which was a second Båstad semifinal), and a runner-up result in Stuttgart allowed Robredo to break into the world's top twenty for the first time in his career.

2006 has been Robredo's best season to date. Shortly after reaching a career-high ranking of #10 in the world, he rose to #7 by winning his first ATP Masters Series title on 21 May at the Hamburg Masters, beating Radek Štěpánek in the final in straight sets. He then beat Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets in the Båstad final for his second title of the year. During 2006 Robredo also reached the fourth round of every Grand Slam tournament except Wimbledon; the final at Barcelona; three semifinals, including two at Masters events; and three quarterfinals, including one at a Masters event. After briefly peaking at an all-time high rank of #5, Robredo qualified for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup (TMC) for the first time in his career. He did not advance past the round-robin stage at the TMC but did record a fantastic three-set victory over the tournament's eventual runner-up, James Blake.

In 2007 Robredo reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time, losing to world number one Roger Federer. Although no one at the tournament managed to win a set from Federer, Robredo and the eventual finalist Fernando González tied for the most number of games won against the world number one. He went on to lose another quarterfinal to Federer at the French Open; in that match Robredo became the first man since Andy Roddick in the 2006 U.S. Open to win a set from Federer in a Grand Slam tournament, snapping Federer's record winning streak of thirty-six consecutive sets in Grand Slam matches. Robredo later won his first title of the year by beating José Acasuso in straight sets at Sopot, the tournament where he had won his first ATP Tour title six years earlier.

brought increased hardcourt success for Robredo: After years of contesting finals on red clay he reached the final of a tournament played on hardcourts for the first time at Auckland, followed by two more hardcourt finals at Beijing and Metz. He won the Metz title, defeating Andy Murray in three sets for his second title of the season. Despite reaching the semifinal of Estoril and six quarterfinals (including three Masters quarterfinals) in 2007, Robredo also lost his opening match at numerous events: At Dubai; at the Hamburg Masters and the Swedish Open where he was defending champion; and at three other Masters tournaments. He ended the year ranked #10 in the world - too low to compete at the TMC but high enough to attend as an alternate.

To date Robredo's current season has not been as successful as the previous two; he did not put together more than two back-to-back victories until the start of the European clay season in April, and his multiple losses to lower ranked players include his earliest loss at the French Open since 2002. However, he did win his first title of the year at Båstad, beating Tomáš Berdych in the final for his second Swedish Open title. He has also made the finals of the Orange Warsaw Open, the semifinals of the Valencia event, and the quarterfinals at Barcelona and the Rome Masters.

Robredo has had some doubles success this season, teaming up with compatriot Rafael Nadal to win his first doubles titles in four years by beating Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles at the Monte Carlo Masters. He also reached the semifinals of the Hamburg Masters with Leander Paes. Bhupathi, Knowles, and Paes are all former world number one doubles players. He ended as world ranked number 21.

Robredo started the year in Sydney, where he lost to Mario Ancic 6-2, 6-1. In the Australian Open he was the 21st seed were he reached the 4th round, but eventually lost to semifinalist Andy Roddick in straight sets 7-5, 6-1, 6-3. He won his first two titles of the year in Costa Do Sauipe, Brazil on clay in both the singles and doubles tournaments for the first time. the following week he won his second title in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

At Roland Garros, he defeated Adrian Mannarino and compatriot Daniel Gimeno-Traver in straight sets and Maximo González 4-6 7-5 6-1 6-0 in the third round. He defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber before losing in straight sets to Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals 6-3 6-4 6-2.

Seeded no. 2, he lost to Marcos Baghdatis in the first round at the Ordina Open.

Robredo reached the third round of Wimbledon, at which he was seeded 15th, by coming back from two sets down to beat Austrian Stefan Koubek 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-1. He next was defeated by Israeli Dudi Sela, however, when they played for a spot in the round of 16, by a score of 7-6 (8), 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.[1]. Sela had a 2-0 head-to-head record against Robredo going into the match. They met twice in 2008 as well, with Sela winning in straight sets both at the Masters Series event at Miami and in the quarterfinals of the Beijing tournament.[2]. At the 2009 Swedish Open he was the defending champion and the no. 1 seed. he reached the Semifinals losing only 9 games, however he lost to Juan Monaco 6-0 6-2. He then competed in the 2009 International German Open where he received a bye in the first round before losing to Ivan Navarro 7-5 7-6(2) in the Second Round. He then lost in the second round of the 2009 Legg Mason Tennis Classic to Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-2 after receiving a bye in the first round. He also reached the second round of the 2009 Rogers Masters to Philipp Petzschner and lost in the first round of the 2009 Cincinnati Masters to Jérémy Chardy 6-3, 7-5. He then lost to Jose Acasuso in the 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) after receiving a bye in the second round. He has now a record of 1-5 in his last 5 tournaments.

Despite bad showings at the tournaments leading up the US Open, Robredo managed to find some form and was rewarded with yet another 4th round appearance of the US Open after wins over Donald Young, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and James Blake. However, he was again denied a quarterfinal, this time by Roger Federer in straight sets. In his first tournmaent after the US Open at the 2009 China Open he reached the second round losing to Robin Söderling 6-3 6-3. He then competed in the 2009 Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 were he reached the third round before losing to Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-4. He then played at the 2009 Valencia Open 500 losing to Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals 6-3 6-2. In his final tournamanent of the year at the BNP Paribas Masters were he lost to Rafael Nadal in the third round 6-3 3-6 7-5, despite serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set.

Robredo began the year by winning the 2010 Hopman Cup for Spain with partner María José Martínez Sánchez. Here, he won all of his singles matches in the Round Robin; firstly over John Isner 6-7 6-3 7-6(4), Victor Hănescu 6-3, [retired due to injury] and over Lleyton Hewitt 6-2 6-4. In the final, his teammate Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez lost her singles match to Laura Robson but in his singles match, he went on to stun Andy Murray 1-6 6-4 6-3 to keep the the title hopes alive, evening the tie at 1-1. This meant that he was undefeated throughout the week in his singles matches. He then played a dominant role in the mixed doubles to secure a dramatic 7-6 7-5 win to clinch the tie 2-1 over the Great Britain team.

This is the second time he has been part of a winning Hopman Cup team - in 2002, he won the title with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (who in turn was part of Spain's 1990 Hopman Cup winning team with Emilio Sánchez). This was the third time Spain has won the Hopman Cup since its inauguration in 1989.

His first atp event of 2010 was at the 2010 Heineken Open, where was the top seed but was upset by John Isner 6-7, 6-3, 4-6 in the quarterfinals. At the 2010 Australian Open as the 16th seed he was upset by a ranked 114 player in Santiago Giraldo in straight sets 4-6, 2-6, 2-6. He then played in 2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament were he was upset by Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 in the second round. He also suffered early exits In the second rounds of 2010 Open 13 and 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships which cause him to slip outside the top 20. He then had a resurgent at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open. After receving a bye he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the second round, Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-0 in the third round, and Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 in the fourth round, before finally succumbing to Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals 3-6,5-7. In the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open he was upset by Benjamin Becker in the third round losing 1-6, 6-7, 7-6 despite recovering from a break down in 5-6.

Personal life
Robredo is named after the rock opera Tommy by The Who, of which his father is a big fan.

Robredo is currently sponsored by Sergio Tacchini for his sportswear, Dunlop for his tennis racquets, TW Steel watches, and the Ukrainian Food Company.

In May 2006, Robredo publicly stated that he was no longer in a relationship with Argentinian tennis player Gisela Dulko. They had been dating for about a year.

This biography was taken from Wikipedia

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