Federer made unusually many unforced errors off his forehand, 20 alltogether and that added to his tally of 43 UEs in the whole match. Despite being a break down twice in set one, the Swiss managed to draw level and force a ‘breaker’. However, Robredo stepped up when it mattered the most and with some amazing shot making throughout the set, he took a surprising lead in the encounter.
Roger’s biggest nightmare proved to be the break points conversion rate (2 out of 16). Probably the sloppiest game from the Swiss maestro came at 3-4 down in the second set, when he literally handed Robredo the break after misfiring three relatively easy forehands. The Spaniard welcomed the invitation and saving two break points when serving for the set, he found himself a set away from probably the most impressive victory of his career.
Although it was Federer who earned himself few more break points on the Spaniard’s first two service games, he was unable to capitalise. Another nightmare game for the Swiss came at 3-3. Four unforced errors on his own serve gave Robredo the edge in this set, with the 31 year old closing out the match after 2 hours and 24 minutes.
“I kind of feel like I beat myself, without taking any credit away from Tommy,” said Fed after the defeat.
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