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Experience Trumps Youth As Robredo Edges Kyrgios

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Robredo© AFP/Getty ImagesTommy Robredo celebrates his four-set win over Nick Kyrgios.

In the Arthur Ashe Saturday night session, experience trumped youth as last year’s quarter-finalist Tommy Robredo ousted 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 to reach the US Open fourth round. Robredo prevailed in two hours and 28 minutes, making just 15 unforced errors to Kyrgios’ 47 and winning 68 per cent of points on Kyrgios’ second serve.

"I think that he was playing so good at the beginning," said Robredo. "He was hitting every ball. When I was a set and nearly 3-0 down, I was believing that I could turn it around. To believe that on a moment like this, I think it's experience. 

"When you play in a centre court like this, and you are losing like this, you are getting smaller, smaller, smaller. Sometimes it's really tough to come back. I did it. I think that experience helped me a lot. And the passion of the sport. I just wanted to win, fight till the last ball. That's what I did. In the end it paid off."

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Kyrgios made his major breakthrough at Wimbledon, where he stunned Rafael Nadal to reach the quarter-finals (l. to Raonic). The Australian’s play was limited during the summer, though, as he was hindered by a left forearm injury.

"Obviously the last two Grand Slams have been really, really good for me,” said Kyrgios. “I'm going to remember every moment. Gives me so much confidence, so many things that I can work on. It's more excitement for me, knowing I'm only going to get better, especially if I just keep working hard.

"I think I just got to get better physically. I thought from a tennis standpoint I was playing really well. I think the main thing is just getting stronger, having the ability to keep that level up that I was playing in the first set. Having that opportunity to play someone like Tommy on Arthur Ashe is an awesome experience and I enjoyed every moment of it."

Last year, the 32-year-old Robredo had ousted Roger Federer to reach the last eight at Flushing Meadows for the first time. He goes on to face Stan Wawrinka, who was given a walkover into the last 16 when Blaz Kavcic withdrew with a right foot injury. 

Robredo leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 6-2, but lost their most recent match at the Australian Open, where Wawrinka went on to win his first Grand Slam championship. They met at the US Open eight years ago, with Robredo winning in straight sets on that occasion.

“I will try to pay back the victory that he got over me in Australia,” said Robredo. “He's a great player. He's playing so good this year - all of his career, but this year especially. Today he didn't have to play. He's going to be a little fresher than me. I will be there fighting for every ball and trying to win one more match. It's great for me to be there again, playing good and enjoying it. I will give everything that I have.”

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