Robredo Eases Past Davydenko in Bastad Final

Posted on July 17, 2006

Second seed Tommy Robredo crushed top seed Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 6-1 Sunday, earning his second title of the year. The match lasted one hour and 15 minutes. Robredo won five of 14 break points, while Davydenko had no break points. Robredo won 63 points to Davydenko's 42.

This was the seventh final of the year featuring the top two seeds. Second seeds lead the series 5-2.

With the win, Robredo of Spain evened his career record with the Russian Davydenko at 1-1. Robredo, 24, has played in three finals this year. He took the title at Hamburg in May (d. Stepanek) and was runner-up at Barcelona in April (l. to Nadal). The Hamburg title -- an ATP Masters Series event -- was the biggest of his career.

The Spaniard's career record in ATP record in finals improved to 4-4. He won titles at Sopot in 2001 and Barcelona in 2004. He was runner-up at Casablanca in 2001, Stuttgart in 2003 and Estoril in 2005.

Robredo has a 17-5 career record In Bastad. He had reached the semifinals three times before without advancing to the final: in 2005 (l. to Nadal), 2003 (l. to N. Lapentti), 2002 (l. to El Aynaoui).

Robredo's five wins this week give him a 2006 record of 30-16 and a career mark of 226-141. He reached a career-best INDESIT ATP Ranking of No. 7 in May.

Davydenko, 25, also was playing in his third final of the year. He won the title at Poertschach in May (d. Pavel) and was runner-up at Estoril in May (l. to Nalbandian).

The Russian's career record in finals fell to 6-3. He won titles at Adelaide and Estoril in 2003, at Munich and Moscow in 2004 and at St. Poelten in 2005. He was runner-up at St. Poelten in 2003.

Davydenko has a career record of 6-3 at Bastad, with his previous best result a quarterfinal showing in 2002 (l. to Moya). His 2006 record slipped to 39-19 and his career mark to 179-151. Davydenko has a career-best INDESIT ATP Ranking of No. 5.
-- ATP