Tommy Robredo Becomes The First Player Since 1927 To Win Three Straight Matches From 0-2 Down
by Tom Gainey | June 2nd, 2013, 6:32 pm

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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21 Comments for Tommy Robredo Becomes The First Player Since 1927 To Win Three Straight Matches From 0-2 Down

bstevens Says:

Nice story about Robredo. Not bad for a guy in his 30s. He has a shot against Ferrer, but I’m guessing he has played too much to pull off the upset. Advice to Ferrer: if you’re up 2 sets to love against this guy than you shouldn’t take your gas off the pedal.

jane Says:

Wow, kudos to him.

Steve 27 Says:

He has a shot against Ferrer
No, Ferru will trash him.

Kimberly Says:

Robredo didn’t pull a rabbit out of a hat, almagro performed yet another epic choke for all ages. Almost as bad as the ferrrer choke just a few months ago where he failed to serve out the match 3 times (for the guy leading the your with number of aces). It was simply amazing. He needs to hire a sports psychologist and go to some mental conditioning classes.

Ben Pronin Says:

Red flag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James Says:

Happy for Tommy. But hey, he’s just 31, same age as David Ferrer, and younger than Roger Federer. People can do great things in sports their 30s too. 31 is not so old really.

Andrea Says:

Nice win for tommy. Love the emotion.

M Says:

@James – you tell them.

It’s hard when favorites play each other. May the best man win that match.

Michael Says:

Well, this is a unique feat by Tommy coming from two sets down in three straight matches in a major. Considering that he pulled it against Almagro is not a surprise. Almagro with all his talents is a pushover and the King of Chokers. I have lost count of the number of matches he has lost from winning positions ? It is really bizarre what is in this player’s mind when he is up ? What is quite apparent is that Almagro lacks mental toughness and crumbles quickly against pressure. Nevertheless, what Robredo done at 31 is extraordinary but he cannot win against Ferrer. That is my opinion. But upsets are possible !?

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Nice to see all these veterans making some tennis headlines themselves,not just the young ones,Haas,Robredo,Ferrer and Roger who continues to set the bar so high(wish that Hewitt was still there too),have actually left the younger players standing,sorry about Almagro who has such alot of talent,but struggles to get the job finished,deffinetly something which lies between the ears,so sad to see.

gonzalowski Says:

Congratulations to Robredo!

Ben Pronin Says:

I just would like to point out that during this year’s Australian Open, the Lance Armstrong scandal was at its peak. As a result, when Djokovic won a marathon against Wawrinka and recovered to dispatch Berdych a round later, everyone and their grandmothers was wondering how he recovered so magnificently. Now there’s no scandal going on so instead of questioning, we’re all praising one player who has come back from 2 sets to love down 3 straight times on clay against younger opponents and another guy who won a 4.5+ hour match on clay to come back 2 days later and demolish his opponent, and he’s 35 years old!

Red flags, people, red flags.

Polo Says:

Agree Ben, each time anybody wins, he should be suspected of using performance enhancing drugs.

Ben Pronin Says:

It’s obviously more fun to keep our heads in the sand.

the DA Says:

So Connors must have been using them at the USO in 1991?

Ben Pronin Says:

Who knows?

I’m just saying, these are red flags. Seriously, everyone was so quick to question Novak during the Armstrong scandal but since there are no scandals going on, everyone has forgotten that these kind of performances should raise more than a few eyebrows. Just because Robredo cried doesn’t mean it’s out of the question.

Chris KJ Says:

Point, Ben Pronin, but can certain things not be taken into consideration to give a player the benefit of the doubt? I thought Robredo had a pretty decent career record in 5-setters prior to his injury layoff; I don’t recall him wilting out of very many long, tough matches (and I’ve watched him play in soupy venues like Miami and NYC). Much as Djokovic seems to have turned things around with diet and training, he once had a reputation for doing just that. Plus, that match with Almagro had each guy looking tired at times, and both went through phases where they dragged a bit and made mistakes.

Congrats to Tommy for the win, but in some ways that match was more a test of who could hold their nerve and keep the stick steady in the important moments. Plus, TR reminds me of Simon, not going to blow anyone off the court with sheer power but seems to have natural fitness and stamina that make it look easier than, say, Isner in a fiver. Anyone got dirt and know if Robredo’s ever been dinged for failing a test?

I know he was injured and is making a comeback, but couldn’t that also be a reason for it? He’s probably well rested and eager after such a long, enforced layoff, and he might realize this is the time for him to make a push. Even though some guys like Haas are having a renaissance and making 30 look like the new 20, it still can’t be easy.

andres Says:

Unless you have actual prove you better shut your mouth.

mat4 Says:


I completely agree with you.

And about Connors: I remember well some of his matches toward the end of his career. He was usually visibly slower and tired after three sets. And two days after a fivesetter he could barely walk. But he was older then, of course.

At 32 he was still a great, great player.

Ben Pronin Says:

Chris, those are all very possible. I’m just saying these are red flags. Andres proves how tennis fans love to keep their heads in the sand because g-d forbid someone questions the validity of a result. But we’ve seen it a million times in other sports where we praise this unlikely and incredible performance only to have egg on our faces down the road. My favorite part is that everyone then gets mad and cries “liar! cheater!” but when someone (me) mentions it at the time being, I have to shut my mouth because I refuse to turn a blind eye.

I’m simply saying, red flag. I don’t have any proof, but I’ve watched sports for a long time and certain patterns have emerged. I’ll gladly be wrong, it’s not a big deal to me.

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Ben LMAO no disrespect but that would be the day when you would turn a blind eye.

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