Robredo wins twice at Heineken Open

Jan 11, 2007 - 9:53 AM AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Ticker) -- Tommy Robredo enjoyed his busy day.

The top-seeded Robredo won twice Thursday at the $416,000 Heineken Open to advance to the semifinals.

After rain wreaked havoc Wednesday, Robredo was forced to play his second-round match as well as in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard did so in impressive fashion.

Robredo started his day with an impressive 6-4, 6-2 triumph over countryman Alberto Martin. Things were much tougher in the quarters against unseeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

However, Robredo emerged with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Kohlschreiber, moving within a win of appearing in his first hardcourt final. He has made eight claycourt finals, including three last year.

In the semifinals, Robredo will face seventh-seeded Agustin Calleri of Argentina, who defeated fellow countryman Juan Monaco, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Calleri and Monaco set up their encounter in the quarterfinals by also winning second-round matches Thursday.

Third-seeded David Ferrer of Spain also advanced to the semifinals by rallying for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kristof Vliegen. Earlier Thursday, Ferrer pasted Italian Daniel Bracciali, 6-0, 6-1.

Ferrer will face either American Mardy Fish or Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela in the other semifinal match.

Fish had advanced to the quarters Thursday with a 6-2, 6-2 upset of second-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia. Chela's second-round match was a hard-fought 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 triumph over Nicolas Massu of Chile.






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