Robredo Wins 1st Masters Series at Hamburg

Posted on May 22, 2006

No. 8 seed Tommy Robredo of Spain won his first title of the year Sunday at the Masters Series-Hamburg, cruising past No. 15 Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 for momentum going into next week's French Open.

It was the 24-year-old Robredo's third career title after 2004 Barcelona and 2001 Sopot, raising his career mark to 3-4 in finals.

"I started the match perfectly, but against a guy like Radek, I knew that he would try to push hard, go for the ball, go for the net," said Robredo, who lost in the first round last week at Rome to fastcourt specialist Greg Rusedski. "He is serving so well. I didn't expect much room from him, and it's not easy, even if you have a break, because he can break back...Obviously I played so good, I didn't let him do that. But in the first set he was pushing so hard."

The result will move Robredo back into the Top 10 on Monday with the release of the ATP Rankings, and Stepanek to No. 11.

Stepanek is 0-2 in Masters Series finals after losing to Marat Safin at Paris in 2004, and drops to 1-4 in career finals.

"Tommy just played his best match," Stepanek said. "He was passing from everywhere, played most of the times on the line. It was hard to find an answer to this. I have to congratulate him for a great match."

In the doubles final No. 4 seeds Paul Hanley of Australia and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe beat No. 3 seeds Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and Daniel Nestor of Canada 6-2, 7-6(8) for their third title of the year.