With both turning pro in 1998, Roger Federer and Tommy Robredo were among the young players to watch in the early 2000s. Of course, the Swiss has had a much better career, but Robredo has also left a mark on the Tour, winning 12 ATP titles and becoming world no.
5 in 2006. The Spaniard has delivered 107 Grand Slam wins, and 35 of those came at the US Open, where he always loved to play after reaching the fourth round on debut in 2001. Until 2010, Robredo was in the last 16 in New York no less than seven times, constantly failing to make that extra step and reach the quarter-final.
That all changed in 2013 when Tommy stunned Roger in the fourth round! Using a favorable draw, Tommy advanced into the last 16 and faced the five-time US Open champion, losing all previous ten matches against Roger and hoping for a better outcome in front of the New York crowd.
Recalling the encounter, Robredo said Marc Lopez gave him some valuable tips in the locker room, sticking to them and using the fact Federer did not play at his best. The Spaniard scored a massive 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph in two hours and 24 minutes to move into the last eight and set the all-Spanish duel against Rafael Nadal.
The Swiss played well in the first three matches. However, it was not to be for him against Tommy, struggling to find his shots and take advantage in the decisive points, with the Spaniard fending off 14 out of 16 break chances to limit the damage in his games and gain momentum that carried him over the top.
Robredo made a break in the encounter's first game, and Roger pulled it back three games later to level the score at 2-2.
Tommy Robredo scored his only victory over Roger Federer at the 2013 US Open.
Delivering another break at 4-4, Tommy served for the set but could not close it, allowing Roger to bounce back before taking the tie break 7-3 with an ace after 56 minutes.
Serving well in set number two, Robredo kept the pressure on the other side and clinched a break at love at 4-3. The Spaniard fended off break chances in the next game to seal the set and take a big step towards the finish line.
At 3-3 in set number three, Roger played another terrible service game that sealed his fate, as Tommy moved over the top with a service winner in game ten for one of his best wins ever. "It was special to beat Roger Federer at the 2013 US Open.
A funny thing occurred before that match, as I was standing in the locker room, thinking about how to beat him for the first time. Marc Lopez was there with me, telling me to stay as calm as possible and offering me four tactical things about his game and how to impose my shots.
That tactic worked, and you could see me laughing in the middle of the game because I saw Marc's face. I started well, won the first set and saw he was not doing much to change those errors he was making. Sticking to my game plan, I did everything right in sets two and three to earn that spectacular victory," Tommy Robredo said.