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Robredo Wins Brasil Open

Costa do Sauipe, Brazil

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Spaniard Tommy Robredo claimed his eighth ATP World Tour title and denied Brazilian fans a home-country victory with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Thomaz Bellucci in the final of the Brasil Open, an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in Costa do Sauipe.

Robredo collects 250 South African Airways ATP Rankings Points and US $90,000 in prize money. Robredo began the week at No. 19 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings and his victory will boost his chances of qualifying for the year-end eight-man Barclays ATP World Tour finals, to be held at London’s 02 arena in November.

Seven of Robredo’s eight ATP World Tour titles (from 15 finals) have come on clay.  His last title before today came in Bastad last year (d. Berdych).

Robredo had not been broken en route to the final but dropped serve in the eighth game of the second set, snapping his streak of 41 service games held.

Robredo broke for a 4-2 lead in the third set but then had to fend off a break point before opening a commanding 5-2 lead.  Serving for the match at 5-3, Robredo dropped serve but then rallied in the following game to earn two match points and converted his first for the victory.

A semi-finalist one week earlier in Vina del Mar, Robredo improves his 2009 match record to 11-3. The Barcelona native was playing in Costa do Sauipe for the first time since an opening round exit (l. to Horna) seven years ago.

Bellucci, 21, is the third different Brazilian player to reach the Costa do Sauipe final and was looking to become the first home-grown champion since Gustavo Kuerten won the title in 2004.

Robredo said: "It's wonderful to play tennis when the public is excited about the match and behind one of the players.  Obviously, as long as it's respectful, as the public was tonight.  Naturally the public was backing Thomaz tonight, but I was able to concentrate on what I needed to do.

"Although Thomaz was nervous at the beginning, this turned into a great match. He is a great player and plays well.  He had opportunities and made some great shots, but luckily I was able to win and I'm very happy about it.  This was a great way to end a fantastic week here in Brazil.  I hope to return many times to Costa do Sauipe."

Bellucci said: "I had a bad start to the match.  I made a lot of errors due to being nervous, but as I started to feel the public's support I started to gain confidence and increased my level of play.  It was very emotional and moving to feel the public support me to that degree; yelling my name and even some people crying at the end.

"I definitely think I've improved over the last year. I am playing with more consistency and have worked on my mental strength and concentration as well."

Robredo won the singles and doubles titles at the same tournament for the first time in his career when he teamed with fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers to defeat Argentines Lucas Arnold Ker and Juan Monaco 6-4, 7-5.

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