Just two years ago Tommy Robredo was on the edge of his career due a number of injuries and operations.
Now the Spaniard has been hailed as tennis’ very own ‘Iron Man’ after becoming the first man in nearly ninety years to come from two sets down to win in three consecutive matches.
Robredo is now the talking point of Roland Garros after his dramatic victory over Nicolas Almagro yesterday.
"I played a player who is incredible on clay," said Robredo to reporters.
"I'm not thinking about history. History is this match I played today. It's not the score that counts. Nothing more than that.
"He was 4-1 up [in the third set]. Maybe he had a little bit of doubt, though, in that moment. Then I just pushed hard and I won the third. And then I was just dreaming and dreaming to try to do it again, and I did it."
Robredo was not only down 2-0 in sets, he was also down 4-1 in the third. However, with outstanding patients and depth in the rallies, he forced a nervous Almagro to many unforced errors in order to turn the tide and win the third set 6-4.
Almagro regrouped early in the fourth set to once again gain the lead with a break of serve. However, another outstanding fight back from Robredo saw him come back once again to force a fifth and final set.
In the final set it was Robredo who broke first, looking unbeatable. Unfortunately for Robredo, Almagro still had a lot of fuel left to burn, breaking back for 4-4. The final two games was, however, a one man show from Robredo who eventually won it 4-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-4, crying tears of joy in front of standing ovations, in what definitely was one of the better matches this year containing some absolute fantastic rallies and points.
"I think that being in the quarter-finals again, it's amazing, and also with three comebacks the way I did," said Robredo.
“I just need to enjoy it because I think that in tennis, we need to enjoy it when we do great things and keep focused. Because if it's possible, why not? [I could be] one time in the semi-finals here."
Almagro was of course once again very disappointed. However, he admired the performance of his friend Robredo hugely.
He said to AtpWorldTour.com: "I think Tommy played a very consistent match and for me, I had my ups and downs. These ups and downs cost me the match. I think Tommy produced a remarkable, admirable game. I have every respect for what he did. For my part, I need to move on as best I can."
As a result of this victory, Robredo became historical as the second man ever to come back from three consecutive matches being two sets down. The last one to achieve that was Henri Cochet at Wimbledon 1927.
As Robredo continues his fairytale-story at the courts of Roland Garros, from now on known as the 'Iron Man', he faces another fellow countryman and friend, in David Ferrer. David has performed superb during the tournament so far not dropping a set. He also leads the head-to-head statistics 6-3 on Robredo who will have to elevate his game even more in order to threaten Ferrer.
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