Mahut knocks out Robredo in Rotterdam
Issued on: Modified:
Frenchman Nicolas Mahut sprang a first-round surprise on Tommy Robredo, knocking out the Spaniard 7-5, 6-4 at the Rotterdam Open. The two other French players, Gilles Simon and Michaël Llodra also won.
Frenchman Nicolas Mahut sprang a first-round surprise on Tommy Robredo, knocking out the Spaniard 7-5, 6-4 on Tuesday at the Rotterdam Open.
Mahut, ranked 40th, followed up on his Marseille quarter-final from last week, where he lost to eventual champion Andy Murray. That victory kick-started a season where he had won just one match coming in.
The Frenchman fired eight aces in the 93-minute win at the Ahoy stadium, with Robredo continuing to sink into oblivion in 2008 after finishing 2007 among the elite.
The Spaniard who once stood inside the Top ten - he's now on 17th - can still claim only one victory this season on the ATP.
Robredo played a Rotterdam quarter-final a year ago, a season where he lifted two titles.
Mahut will next play Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili who put out former finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain on Monday.
Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morningSubscribe