Robredo Returns To Action With Win In Monterrey

Tommy Robredo (photo: Abierto GNP Seguros)


Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo has made a successful return to the courts at the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, Mexico. The 39-year-old played his first match of the season, his first since Barcelona in October last year, defeating Kaichi Uchida of Japan 6-3, 6-3 in Monday’s first round of the ATP Challenger 100 hard-court tournament.

Robredo sent down four aces and broke his rival’s serve four times to seal victory in one hour and eight minutes. Up next for 12-time ATP Tour champion and former World No. 5, who is currently ranked at 363rd position, will be either local wild card entry Alex Hernandez or No. 8 seed Geoffrey Blancaneaux of France.


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In other action, Bernard Tomic knocked off No. 4 seed Cedrik-Marcel Stebe from Germany 6-2, 6-2 to snap a six-match losing streak. In his first encounter since the Australian Open, the 29-year-old Aussie saved the only break point he faced and capitalized on four of his own nine break-point chances to advance after one hour and 10 minutes. Tomic will next take on the winner of the encounter between Japanese qualifier Sho Shimabukuro and US-American Christian Harrison.

Fifth seed Juan Pablo Ficovich of Argentina beat Pedja Krstin of Serbia 6-2, 7-5 and Ulises Blanch from the United States fought past Julian Lenz of Germany 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the longest match of the day, which lasted one hour and 41 minutes.