Gaudio Wins Third 2005 Title at ATP Estoril

Posted on May 2, 2005

No. 2 seed Gaston Gaudio displayed his ability to dominate the lesser claycourt talents on the ATP tour Sunday in the final at Estoril, defeating No. 4 seed Tommy Robredo 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the lopsided championship.

Gaudio is now 20-3 on clay this year, with additional dirt titles at Vina del Mar and Buenos Aires. Gaudio faced only one other seeded player en route to the final, No. 8 Feliciano Lopez.

"I tried to step into the court more today and be more aggressive, because it occurred to me the other day that I was just standing at the back, doing a lot of running and it was doing anything," Gaudio said. "In the second set today, Robredo was the one hitting hard and making me run, so in the third set, I took the opportunity to be more aggressive and go for my shots, go for the lines, and that's what made the difference."

Robredo, celebrating his 23rd birthday Sunday, received a free pass into the final when countryman Carlos Moya retired during their semifinal with a shoulder injury.

"Although I lost today I'm really happy with my week," said Robredo, coming off an injury of his own. "I came to Estoril to play a lot of matches and I reached finals in singles and doubles, so I couldn't ask for anything more."

In the Saturday doubles final, (3) Frantisek Cermak/Leos Friedl defeated Juan Ignacio Chela/Robredo 6-3, 6-4 for their tour-leading fourth title of the year.