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Robredo vs Molleker Rivalry Resumes In Turkey This Week

38 year old ATP veteran Tommy Robredo and 20 year old Rudolph Molleker have already battled four times on the ATP circuit and this week in Turkey will showcase their fifth meeting.

Both the aging, former 12-time ATP singles tournament champion and the young German have similar rankings – Robredo is ranked 226, Molleker is 218.

These two combatants first played in 2017 in the Eckental, Germany Challenger, and Robredo prevailed 64 62 on indoor carpet.

Then over the span of four months in 2019 they would duel three times. First in Murcia, Spain Challenger in 2019 on clay Molleker won 63 46 62. Then weeks later in the French Open qualies first round Molleker won 76 63, seemingly having solved the Robredo puzzle.

But Robredo won the fourth meeting in the next tournament in the Poznan final 57 64 61.

This fascinating, strange, unlikely rivalry will revive today in Antalya, Turkey first round.

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  • Scoop Malinowski · January 28, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Robredo takes the 3-2 lead in the h2h with Kid Molleker with a 63 64 win today in Antalya.

  • Doug Day · January 31, 2021 at 7:55 am

    Do i remember right Tommy was the last man to win three consecutive 5 set matches at a major? Iron armada crewman holding fast.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 31, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Doug, I don’t think you are right about that. I think winning 3 five setters in a row happens at just about every major nowadays.

  • Doug Day · February 15, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Robredo at French 2013
    Zeverev 2018
    Gulbis London 2018

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 15, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Doug, I thought Lopez did it one year at US Open. Guess my memory is off.

  • Doug Day · February 15, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Who Knew? Goran is only man ever to win 4 consecutive 5 set matches with his 92 Olympics bronze medal.
    What does it say that only a tiny handful of players in open era ever reach the format’s limits?

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 15, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Limits? Borg and Vilas once played 17 practice sets in one day! Fred Perry would play five practice sets before his Wimbledon matches, possibly ten a day.

  • Doug Day · February 16, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    If a set is 35 min avg thats 10 hours of competitve play. Ripley’s needs to hear because those guys had long rallies too. When its for atp money do things go south faster? Subject for another time. Give credit to Serbia’s Olympic debut as an independent nation. Our man from Split finished four 5 setters and lost. Fitting for that fledgling country’s flag bearer this stat still flies 30 years on.



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