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Wimbledon 2009

22 June-5 July




US Open

Fourth-round result:

T ROBREDO (Spa) v N DJOKOVIC (Ser)

6-4 2-6 3-6 7-5 3-6

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By Sarah Holt


FIFTH SET

2133: "Novak is very excited to get through that match. He's barely gasping for air but I'd be curious to see how exhausted he is as it's one of the hottest days of the tournament so far. The most significant thing to him recovering is the fact that he's 21-years-old. If he can't bounce back then he doesn't deserve to win the Open."
BBC Radio Five Live analyst Jeff Tarango.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 7-5 3-6 Djokovic
A big return takes Djokovic to 0-30 but the Serbian nets and Robredo digs out a sliced volley for 30-30. Late drama as Djokovic takes a tumble but survives as Robredo hits the ball wide after a thrilling rally. Match point for Djoko. He takes it as Robredo cannot handle his power and nets the ball. After almost four hours, Djokovic is through to the quarter-finals and you have to feel a bit sorry for Robredo there.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 7-5 3-5 Djokovic
Djokovic moves to within one game of the match as he serves up a love service game. He stretches his right thigh afterwards but things are looking good for the Australian Open champion.

2127: Re. 2119 "This is big news for Andy Murray. I think (I may be wrong) that if Davydenko leaves the tournament a round or more before him, Murray will become the world number 4."
ManUnited 2008 on 606
Hello. Murray will definitely move up to world number five after the US Open and four could well be an option so keep an eye on the Davydenko match.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 7-5 3-4 Djokovic
Robredo delivers an ace to seal the game and keep himself alive in the set.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 7-5 2-4 Djokovic
Big sighs - and cheers - for Robredo, who runs himself ragged to answer a drop shot and a lob only to lose the point. His hard work pays off on the very next point though as he runs to return a drop shot which Djoko can't answer. Lots of excitement but Djokovic holds.

2119: News of another potential upset from the Louis Armstrong Court where Luxembourg's Gilles Muller took the first set 6-4 against fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko 6-4 and has just gone 3-0 up in the second. The winner of that match will play either defending champion Roger Federer or Igor Andreev in the last eight.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 7-5 2-3 Djokovic
Robredo tumbles head over heels as he tries to return Djokovic's forehand. He escapes with just some little scrapes to the palms of his hands but things get worse when he slides to 15-40. He nets to hand Djokovic the break. He's less than pleased with himself - not surprising given that the fall seemed to be at the root of his problems.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 7-5 2-2 Djokovic
Just what Djokovic was looking for, a hold to love.

2111: "I really think the American public would want to see Robredo win this match."
BBC Five Live analyst Jeff Tarango
He reckons that's because home favourite Andy Roddick (or Fernando Gonzalez) is due to meet the winner of this match in the next round.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 7-5 2-1 Djokovic
Robredo looks solid. In fact, he's making it look easy as he holds to 15 with a sweeping shot past Djokovic. Upset? Fightback? I just don't know.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 7-5 1-1 Djokovic
Djokovic is looking a bit peaky but he holds onto his serve, which will no doubt do him the power of good. By the way, check out these stats from the last set; Djokovic made 21 unforced errors compared to just 10 from Robredo.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 7-5 1-0 Djokovic
News just in. Apparently, Djokovic is also suffering from a stomach upset which explains why the doctor keeps nipping on and off the court. Robredo is showing no signs of slowing though as he wins the opening game just as the clock ticks round to the three-hour, 15 minute mark.

2057: Djokovic pops off for another comfort break. I think we'll leave Jeff Tarango's thoughts on it this time though (see 1952). The world number three is soon back out on court having words with the trainer and doctor. Doesn't look like he's receiving any treatment though he does reach in his food bag for a banana.

FOURTH SET

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 7-5 Djokovic
Djokovic turns his right ankle as he slides to 0-15. Whether that will turn out to be serious we don't know yet. What we do know is that Djokovic goes to 0-30 but rescues a point with a low shot over the net. Robredo goes long for 30-30 but a double fault from Djoko brings up 30-40. His Mum looks most aggrieved. The world number three converts the forehand for deuce. Uh-oh, Djokovic pumps the ball long twice and Robredo breaks, levels the match and takes it into the decider.

2048: "Robredo hasn't quite turned things around yet. You can't count out the world number three just yet. I still have a feeling he has a bit left in the tank."
BBC Radio Five Live analyst Jeff Tarango

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 6-5 Djokovic
It's anyone's guess which way this set is going, I'll be honest with you. Djokovic moves to 0-30 on Robredo's serve and then goes to 15-40 as the Spaniard goes long. Robredo pulls out two huge serves to rescue deuce. Neither player seemed to want to take advantage but an unlucky net-cord for Djoko and big forehand from Robredo sees the Spaniard hold. He celebrates with a traditional clenched fist.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 5-5 Djokovic
Robredo chases hard and his hard work pays off as he takes Djokovic to 30-30. But the Australian Open champion digs out an ace for 40-30. But he's not out of trouble yet as he goes long for deuce. Djokovic changes up his serve away from Robredo's forehand side and he holds, immediately reaching into his bag for new sweatbands.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 5-4 Djokovic
Djokovic moves to 0-30 on Robredo's serve, but the Spaniard isn't ready to admit defeat just yet. He moves to 30-30 but Djokovic sends him left and right before flashing down a forehand to bring him the break chance. The Serbian is unable to convert though as he nets the ball, and Robredo survives a very tight game.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 4-4 Djokovic
The players are producing the best tennis of the match RIGHT NOW. Robredo wins an exciting rally with a big forehand after trying to outfox Djokovic with a drop-shot, then a lob. The Spaniard takes a couple of points of Djokovic but the world number serves his way out of danger again. A lone voice chants "Let's go Djoko" to urge him on.

2022: "You want that sort of emotion out there. You want Djokovic to show whether he cares if he wins or loses a point. They are playing some music now, some werewolf songs and you have the hairy Djokovic out there."
BBC Radio Five Live analyst Jeff Tarango

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 4-3 Djokovic
Hello, the crowd at Arthur Ashe have finally woken up after two and a half hours on the clock. Robredo receives a round of applause as he takes an intense rally with a fizzing forehand up the line. Djokovic is intent on retrieving that break though and takes the 15th seed to deuce. Uh-oh, Djoko draws boos as he slams his racquet to the ground - all because Robredo holds.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 3-3 Djokovic
Robredo skips to the net to pinch a point at 30-30. The Spaniard shouts out "come on" as Djokovic pings the ball wide for break point. The Serbian resorts to a second serve and Robredo responds by lashing down an angled forehand right down the line. Robredo breaks back. Not written him off to soon have I?

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 2-3 Djokovic
Now then, just in case this is the last outing for Robredo in the live commentaries we really must mention why the Spanish chap came to have such an English-sounding name. We forgot to mention it at Wimbledon but tennis leader Piers is very keen on the fact. Robredo is called Tommy because his Dad is a big fan of The Who's rock opera Tommy. Looking at the track-listing, he's got to either start humming "Miracle Cure" or "We're Not Gonna Take It", though personally I'd quite like to hear "Cousin Kevin". Anyway, Robredo holds.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 1-3 Djokovic
Djokovic nets a dipping Robredo volley at 30-30 but Djokovic, dazzling in lime green, sends down an ace to edge further ahead. Mrs and Mrs Djokovic looks suitably pleased in the box.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 1-2 Djokovic
A much simpler game for Robredo as he holds. The Spaniard returns to his chair and buries his head in his towel. Can he turn things around or is Mr Djokovic's name already in the quarter-final draw?

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 0-2 Djokovic
I tell you what, Robredo is still fighting out there. No wonder his coach calls him Jack Bauer (in reference to the star of TV's 24.) He puts a nice bit of spin on a forehand volley and takes Djokovic to 0-30. The world number three shakes both fists and roars as he rescues 30-30 with a huge shot down the line. Oooh all sorts of shouting out there; this time Robredo complains as Djokovic moves to 40-30. The Serbian holds - and Robredo probably let him off the hook there.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 0-1 Djokovic
Robredo finds himself in big trouble as Djokovic returns to the court fully refreshed. The Serbian puts him under pressure and ekes out three break points. He goes long to hand Robredo a point back but the Spaniard immediately surrenders his serve as he goes long.

1952: Djokovic runs off for a comfort break while Tommy Robredo takes it easy courtside, shielded by a umbrella which is held aloft by a willing ball boy.

"Maybe Djokovic just wants to settle down a bit. They have been out on the court for two hours and they do drink these sports drinks that seem to go right through you."
More insight from BBC Five Live analyst Jeff Tarango

THIRD SET

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-6 Djokovic
Robredo rolls his head back and lets out a cry as Djokovic moves to 30-15. The third seed shakes his fist as he moves one point away from the third set and he looks up to the skies as he takes it with an unreachable serve. Looks like he's on a roll now.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 3-5 Djokovic
It's Robredo's turn to cruise as he holds to love. Djokovic to serve for the set.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 2-5 Djokovic
Another easy game for Djokovic as he stretches his lead at Arthur Ashe. After his battling win against teenager Mario Cilic in the fourth round he said: "I do feel a little old, like I played tennis all my life." He's 21 by the way.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 2-4 Djokovic
It's not getting any easier for Robredo out there that's for sure. He's taken to deuce again as Djokovic looks to wind it up. The world number three fails to find his crucial returns though and that's enough to see Robredo hold.

1934: "Robredo is starting to full apart right before our eyes. I also wonder because Djokovic is heavily favoured in this match, it's almost as though he has a bit of difficulty getting up for the occasion."
BBC Five Live analyst David Laws

Robredo 6-4 2-6 1-4 Djokovic
Easy-peasy for Djokovic as he holds to consolidate his break.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 1-3 Djokovic
Robredo's serving is just getting a bit sticky. His weaker second serves are getting battered by Djokovic, who conjures two break points at 15-40. The world number three gets the breakthrough and moves 3-1 ahead in the third set.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 1-2 Djokovic
The hip injury seems to have faded into the dim and distant past for Djokovic as he produces another big serve to keep the third set ticking along on serve.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 1-1 Djokovic
Djokovic lets out a shout which quite frankly caused me to jolt out of my chair. No idea what he was saying or why. Perhaps he's getting a little bit annoyed because he can't grind Robredo down despite coming up with some big groundstrokes. Hang on a minute - Robredo surrenders his 40-0 lead and slides to deuce. But the 15th seed hangs on. Bit of an odd game that one.

Robredo 6-4 2-6 0-1 Djokovic
Djokovic starts the third set with renewed vigour, comfortably holding.

1912: "Djokovic didn't seem to find his rhythm in the first period of the match and maybe he just went to the gym too much yesterday. I know he goes to the gym a lot during tournaments."
BBC Five Live analyst Jeff Tarango

SECOND SET

Robredo 6-4 2-6 Djokovic
Robredo is chasing the ball around court which probably isn't the most fun when temperatures in New York are soaring up at 30C. He is having to work hard though as Djokovic takes him to 40-40 and the tiredness shows as he double faults to fall back to deuce. The Serbian forces Robredo into making two more errors and Djokovic secures a second break to level the match at one set all.

"Djokovic didn't seem to find his rhythm in the first period of the match and maybe he just went to the gym too much yesterday. I know he goes to the gym a lot during tournaments."
BBC Five Live analyst Jeff Tarango

Robredo 6-4 2-5 Djokovic
Robredo makes a little in-road on Djokovic's serve at 15-30 but Djokovic digs out a big forehand, a big serve and Robredo nets to see Djokovic hold and move one game away from the set.

Robredo 6-4 2-4 Djokovic
Robredo hustles his way around the court and fends off Djokovic - until his backhand return pops out of the court and takes him to deuce. The Spaniard goes long with his forehand and Robredo hangs on in the set. Time for some new balls, we think.

Robredo 6-4 1-4 Djokovic
Hmmm still hard to judge whether Djokovic's foot-work is being affected by his hip problems. What I do know though is that Robredo takes him to 30-30 with a pinging diagonal forehand. But a challenge by the Spaniard doesn't go his way as the Hawk-Eye replay shows the ball was long by quite some margin. And Djokovic holds as Robredo nets.

Robredo 6-4 1-3 Djokovic
Robredo gets his first game on the board as he wraps up a pretty simple service game. Hard to say whether Djokovic was having trouble moving there. I'll keep a close eye on him.

1845: I have a bit of news for you. Djokovic is now receiving treatment on his right hip. He's being massaged around his back by the trainer and the tournament doctor is also on hand. It looks like he just pulled his hip when he was stretching for a forehand. Now, hips can be pretty tricky things but hopefully he'll be able to carry on.

1843: "Nice comeback there from the Joker!"
Gabriel959 on 606

Robredo 6-4 0-3 Djokovic
Djokovic is finding his groove now and moves to 40-15 with a lovely whipped forehand which sends the ball dipping into the far corner of the court. Robredo is being pushed further and further back behind the baseline and Djokovic closes it out with another rasping volley.

Robredo 6-4 0-2 Djokovic
Hmmm it looks like Djokovic might just have got his spark back. A couple of big forehands take him to 0-30 on Robredo's serve. Another fired-up rally sees Robredo clip the ball into the tram-lines and Djokovic now has two break points. He only needs one of them as Robredo goes long. Is it time to write off an upset?

Robredo 6-4 0-1 Djokovic
Robredo is continuing to put Djokovic under pressure here and grabs another break point at the start of the second set. This time the Serbian staves off the break and controls the rally to hold.

1829: "Not been enough upsets in the men's draw yet. I think Robredo could spring a surprise here!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

FIRST SET

Robredo 6-4 Djokovic
Djokovic is making all sorts of errors and nets another easy forehand as Robredo moves to 30-0. Another netted return from the third seed moves Robredo to 40-0 and it pretty much looks like Djokovic has given up on the set. Another poor return sees Robredo take the first set in around and about 37 minutes. Uh-oh, looks like Djokovic could be in for another battle here.

"I did not expect this kind of animated performance from Robredo."
BBC Radio Five Live analyst Jeff Tarango

Robredo 5-4 Djokovic
The first break chance comes for Robredo as Djokovic double faults. The Australian Open champion fails to net a fizzing return from the Spaniard and Robredo grasps his chance with both hands. All he's got to do now is serve out for the set.

Robredo 4-4 Djokovic
My Five Live colleagues are musing on how Britain's Andy Murray is more popular in New York than Novak Djokovic. Perhaps Novo's gesture of sportsmanship at 40-0 might gain him a few more fans. Robredo's serve was called out but Djokovic conceded it was good so the Spaniard holds to love.

1815: "Poor Sarah, no-one talking to her. If it's any consolation, I'm working late and you're keeping me company."
From Indy oop north via text on 81111
Ahhh it's nothing new Indy, though I do get an occasional response from a Welshman who's sat within earshot of my ramblings. Keep up the good work.

Robredo 3-4 Djokovic
Some lovely retrieving from Robredo ends with Djokovic unable to return a low volley at 30-30. The third seed digs himself out a hole with a pair of aces.

Robredo 3-3 Djokovic
From where I'm sitting it looks as though Robredo is having to do a lot of scurrying out there. He's taken to 30-30 as he goes long and Djokovic gets his first real sniff of a break chance. And the Serbian's first opportunity comes up when Robredo hits the ball wide. Djokovic flings his racquet through the air as he slides to deuce; and then flings it to the ground as Robredo holds.

1803: "The snowball is at the top of the hill but it's gaining momentum"
BBC Radio Five Live analyst Jeff Tarango
We assume he's talking about Djokovic's chances of talking the first set and not his plans to build an, um, unseasonal snowman.

Robredo 2-3 Djokovic
A mystery voice says "Be careful throwing those balls." We can only assume it's the umpire issuing instructions to the ball boys/girls. The atmosphere at Arthur Ashe is still pretty flat although there is a murmur as Djokovic misses an easy return but the third seed uses his serve to get him out of trouble.

Robredo 2-2 Djokovic
A lashing forehand from Robredo takes him to 30-0. The Spaniard reckons that's his best shot and you probably won't find many people to disagree with him. Djokovic grimaces as he misses a forehand return and Robredo holds. We're 13 minutes into the match and stalemate so far.

Robredo 1-2 Djokovic
Djokovic rattles out another easy service game and the players promptly go for a sit down.

Robredo 1-1 Djokovic
Djokovic pummels a big forehand past Robredo but the Spaniard responds with his first ace. The Serbian third seed goes long as Robredo holds on to his serve with ease. I'm starting to wonder if we could be in for a tight match here. What do you reckon?

Robredo 0-1 Djokovic
Djokovic serves first into the sunny, blue skies over New York. Obviously he's not serving into the sky because that would just be silly. He's serving at Robredo and does enough to hold to 30.

1742: The players are out on Arthur Ashe Court warming up by plopping down a few serves. Fans of tennis fashion will want to know that Djokovic is wearing lime green shorts and a green and white top with Tommy going for black shorts and blue shirt.

1735: Hello there. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are aiming to follow Rafael Nadal into the quarter-finals of the US Open, and first up we'll be following how Djokovic gets on.

The Australian Open champion sweated through a four-set marathon against Marin Cilic in the previous round and will be looking to make life far easier for himself against Tommy Robredo.

Will he breeze past the Spaniard or can the in-form Robredo cause an upset?

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see also
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