hamburg06robredo_stepanek

hamburg06robredo_stepanek

Points won by each set: [ 35-24, 35-28, 38-31 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
20 % Robredo – 18 of 90
15 % Stepanek – 16 of 101

The most important match in Robredo’s career? Many people would assert that Hamburg final, when he won his biggest title, but I’d paradoxically say “Rome 2006 final in which Nadal defeated Federer” – they played 5 hours and due to fatigue they both withdrew from Hamburg the following week. Nadal & Federer were in unbelievable form in 2006, they faced each other in the clay-court finals of Monte Carlo, Rome & Roland Garros (Nadal won them all) #, so basically if their Roman final had been distinctively shorter, all players participating in the German Open would have only fought to reach the semifinals 😉
Stepanek [16] displayed much better performance than the scoreline would indicate hitting almost 30 winners alone “from the air”. He simply lost the majority of games when both players were caught at 30-all or ‘deuce’. “I started the match perfectly,” Robredo [12] said. “I knew from the beginning he would try to push hard and try to go for the ball on every one of my second serves and get to the net.” Because of bad weather, the last three matches of the event were played indoors.

Robredo’s route to his 3rd title:
1 Jiri Novak 6-3, 6-2
2 Florent Serra 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3 Pau-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 6-3
Q David Ferrer 7-6(8), 6-4
S Mario Ancic 7-5, 6-4
W Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-3, 6-3

# What goes around, comes around…
Federer and Nadal withdrew from Hamburg ’06 being expected as unquestionable finalists, but in the following two years they faced each other twice in the Hamburg finals splitting victories
## Robredo saved seven set points in the tie-break against Ferrer, including a 1:6 deficit

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