Robredo beats Giraldo in Santiago final
Spain's Tommy Robredo won his 10th ATP title, defeating Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5) on Sunday to win the final of the Movistar Open clay-court tournament.
It was a welcome victory for the sixth-seeded Robredo, who failed to reach a final last year.
''Ten is a very nice number and it feels good to lift the trophy again,'' Robredo said.
But it was a disappointing loss for the eighth-seeded Giraldo, who let the third set slip away after he led 5-2. The Colombian was playing in his first ATP final and has reached the quarterfinals or better in three tournaments this season.
Robredo, 28, said he saw his opening late in the match.
''When he (Giraldo) served at 5-3 in the third, he started being less aggressive and put the ball more in play which allowed me to play longer and get into the court again,'' Robredo said. ''He was hitting really hard until then and it was really tough to put my game together.''
Giraldo fell to 10 wins from 14 matches this season, but promises to be a force as the Latin American clay swing continues in Brazil.
''I think my lack of experience played a part at that time. I maybe got a bit tense and it went against me.'' Giraldo said.
Robredo - like Giraldo - is off to a fast start this season. He's 9-2 this year and advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open before losing to Roger Federer. That was his 41st consecutive Grand Slam tournament.