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Last Updated: Monday, 2 June, 2003, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Gamewatch: Robredo v Kuerten
All the action as Spain's Tommy Robredo takes on three-time winner Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil in the fourth round of the French Open.

Latest score: Robredo 6-4 1-6 7-6 6-4 Kuerten


Fourth set

Robredo 6-4 Kuerten
The Spaniard adds the scalp of Kuerten to that of Lleyton Hewitt - but only just. A 40-0 lead almost evaporates as Kuerten battles back to 40-30, but Robredo clinches the win when his mishit just drops in.

Robredo 5-4 Kuerten
Robredo piles on the pressure, but Kuerten keeps calm and saves two match-points as he gives himself one last chance to save the match.

Robredo 5-3 Kuerten
Robredo seems nerveless, and Kuerten can do nothing to stem the flow of winners. Again he hinds a killer drop-shot, and he moves within a game of adding another famous scalp after his win over Hewitt in the last round.

Robredo 4-3 Kuerten
Kuerten is now deep in trouble - Robredo fires two forehand winners and a brilliant topspin lob to move to 0-40. Kuerten saves one, but a poor volley gives Robredo the chance to clinch the break.

Robredo 3-3 Kuerten
Robredo shows he will not be intimidated and responds with a love service game of his own.

Robredo 2-3 Kuerten
Kuerten gets his backhand flowing and hits two topspin winners as he holds to love.

Robredo 2-2 Kuerten
Guga twice takes Robredo to deuce, but the Spaniard does enough to hold on as the tension increases.

Robredo 1-2 Kuerten
Kuerten is being forced to play his best tennis just to hold serve. Robredo takes him to 30-30, but Kuerten responds with a drop-shot and a brilliant one-two on serve.

Robredo 1-1 Kuerten
Robredo shows no sign of allowing Kuerten to get back into the match, and again shows his killer touch with the drop-shot as he also holds.

Robredo 0-1 Kuerten
Kuerten shows his experience and holds easily, but his task is not made any easier by the knowledge that Robredo has never lost a five-set match.


Third set

Robredo 7-6 Kuerten
Robredo comes alive in the tiebreak, using the drop-shot to devastating effect as he opens a 4-0 lead.

Kuerten gets one mini-break back with a drop of his own, but Robredo then fires two brilliant passes as he moves to 6-2.

He claims the set at the first time of asking as he moves in and fires a winning overhead.

Robredo 6-6 Kuerten
Kuerten has found a nice rhythm on serve, and clinches his place in the tiebreak with his fifth ace of the contest.

Robredo 6-5 Kuerten
Robredo does not let the disappointment get to him, and Kuerten does more damage to the net judge as a misplaced backhand catches him full in the face.

Robredo 5-5 Kuerten
Kuerten gets out of jail, saving five set-points in the game. One is thanks to a miraculous drop shot, but at least two have an element of luck. But Guga pulls out the big serves when he needs them, and draws level with two straight aces.

Robredo 5-4 Kuerten
Kuerten breaks back, but it is largely thanks to Robredo letting his level slip. The Brazilian opens up a 15-40 lead and Robredo nets a forehand to lose the break.

Robredo 5-3 Kuerten
Guga's concentration seems to have gone and another unforced error gives Robredo two break-points. And a brilliant forehand pass gives the Spaniard the chance to serve for the set.

Robredo 4-3 Kuerten
The level of intensity drops for almost the first time in the set. Both players throw in unforced errors, but Kuerten's outnumber Robredo's and the Spaniard holds.

Robredo 3-3 Kuerten
It's tit-for-tat at the moment as Kuerten holds serve to level the match.

Robredo 3-2 Kuerten
Robredo shows touch to go with his power, putting in a deft drop-shot as holds to 30.

Robredo 2-2 Kuerten
Neither player is dominant on serve, and this time Robredo moves to 0-30 on his opponent's serve. But Kuerten ups his level again, hitting a textbook topspin backhand winner and then a peachy forehand to close the game out.

Robredo 2-1 Kuerten
The match is now bubbling nicely, and Kuerten ups the ante to earn three break-back points at 0-40. Robredo saves the first with a fine drop-shot and then Kuerten nets on the second to threaten the comeback. But his adrenaline gets the better of him and he fires a forehand long to hand back the break.

Robredo 2-0 Kuerten
Robredo is fired up, and is channelling his energy into his fearsome forehand. Twice Kuerten rallies to save break-point, but on the third Robredo finds the winner.

Robredo 1-0 Kuerten
Kuerten lets his level slip a little, and fires a couple of unforced errors when in a dominant position allowing Robredo to hold to 15.


Second set

Robredo 1-6 Kuerten
Guga seems to have found his range and has Robredo scampering from one side of the court to the other. But there is nothing the Spaniard can do to stem the flow of winner's from Kuerten's racquet as he clinches the second set.

Robredo 1-5 Kuerten
The Brazilian starts to let fly with a lucky winner off the net but a fine forehand that is too powerful for Robredo before a backhand pass clinches a second break.

Robredo 1-4 Kuerten
Kuerten is still struggling to find his rhythm and fires a routine forehand into the net and then another wide to fall to 0-30. But he then clicks and moves to 40-30 before firing the first ace of the match to open up a 4-1 lead.

Robredo 1-3 Kuerten
Kuerten overhits a backhand and then a forehand as he allows Robredo a comfortable hold. The Brazilian is clearly playing somewhere below his best.

Robredo 0-3 Kuerten
Robredo troubles Kuerten with his powerful forehand, and battles back from 40-0 to deuce. But the Brazilian keeps his nerve and still holds.

Robredo 0-2 Kuerten
The second set is starting in the same pattern as the first as Kuerten breaks Robredo on his first service game. But Robredo will kick himself after missing two break-points in the last game and throwing away a 40-0 lead in this one.

Robredo 0-1 Kuerten
Kuerten has to dig deep to win his first game in six as he blows a 40-15 lead and is forced to save two break-points. He does, and then serves out to stop the rot.


First set

Kuerten strikes first by breaking Robredo in his first service game, and holding easily twice to establish a 3-0 lead.

The pair then both hold to move the score to 4-1 before Robredo starts to gain the upper hand.

The Spaniard then reels off five games in a row, clinching the set with a love service game to take the early advantage.



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