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Robredo wins Prokom Open

Second-seed Tommy Robredo, who won his first career title at the clay-court event in 2001, beat Jose Acasuso 7-5, 6-0 to win his fifth title.
By HT Correspondent | AP, Sopot, Poland
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2007 12:20 PM IST

Second-seeded Tommy Robredo beat Jose Acasuso 7-5, 6-0 on Sunday to win the Prokom Open.

"Winning two times at the same place, it means that I like this place," Robredo said.

The 25-year-old Spaniard won his first career title at the clay-court event in 2001. He captured his fifth title with Sunday's win.

The players traded breaks early in the first set before Acasuso broke again to lead 4-2. But Robredo hit a sliding backhand volley to break back and then level 4-4 on serve.

Robredo saved two set points serving at 4-5. Then at 5-5, Acasuso pushed a forehand long and Robredo clipped the line with a forehand winner to break and serve for the set.

Acasuso threw up his hands in frustration after knocking a slam long to give Robredo a break to open the second set. The Argentine struggled the rest of the way from the baseline and consistently netted volleys or pushed them wide.

Robredo, ranked No 7 in the world, said the victory gave him confidence after inconsistent play earlier this year and a 12-month title drought.

"It's great always to win a title, this week especially because it has been one year without a title, since Bastad (Sweden) last year," he said. "In the last couple of weeks I wasn't playing so good, and this week I had to fight so much.

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