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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 May, 2005, 07:15 GMT 08:15 UK
Safin in stormy defeat to Robredo
Tommy Robredo
Third seed Marat Safin crashed out of the French Open in the fourth round at the hands of Spaniard Tommy Robredo.

The 15th seed won 7-5 1-6 6-1 4-6 8-6 as Safin produced another trademark emotional and erratic display, smashing a racket, a chair and some hoarding.

The turning point came at break point down in the last set when Safin double -faulted, before Robredo served out.

"Luck made the difference," said Safin. "I've had a lot of luck. If I didn't I'd be washing bottles in Russia."

"There were some points which could have gone either way (but) they went his way.

"I have nothing to be angry about. I was just missing a little bit. I wasn't 100% when I needed to be."

I was very concentrated and I think I was calmer than he was
Tommy Robredo
Robredo willl now play another Russian, 12th seed Nikolay Davydenko, for a place in the semi-finals.

Robredo edged the first set but Safin looked to be in control when he raced through the second, dropping just one game.

However, the Australian Open champion began to self-destruct in the early stages of the third set, receiving a code violation warning from the umpire after he smashed his racket on his chair after a string of unforced errors.

Robredo broke at the beginning of the fourth set, sparking a run of games in which neither player could hold serve.

And the Spaniard faltered when serving at 4-5 to allow Safin to force a deciding set.

Robredo again struggled whenever he went ahead in the final set and even when serving for the match at 7-6, he wobbled to go 0-30 down but held his nerve and clinched victory when Safin splayed a forehand wide.

"I was very concentrated and I think I was calmer than he was," said Robredo, who was also a quarter-finalist here in 2003.

"It was very tight. I got lucky and I think he was a little nervous. He's a player who likes to win every point and sometimes he makes a lot of mistakes as a result. That was the key today."




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