Tommy Robredo pulled a third rabbit out of the hat. Facing countryman Nicolas Almagro in the fourth round today at the French Open, Robredo overcame a 2-0 set deficit to win 6-7(5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
It was Robredo’s third straight comeback from 0-2 after earlier wins over Igor Sijsling and Gael Monfils (saved 4 matchpoints) making him the first player since Henri Cochet in 1927 to accomplish such a feat.
“I played a player who is incredible on clay,” said Robredo who was down 4-1 in the third. “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. 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, a now a 6-time quarterfinalist at the French, will play another countryman David Ferrer on Tuesday for a spot in the semifinals.
The 31-year-old Robredo didn’t even play the last two French Opens because of injuries and a poor ranking. Now he’s closing back in on the Top 20 after being down near 500.
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