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  • Robredo opens in Casablanca with straight-set win

    4/8/13 7:41 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Robredo opens in Casablanca with straight-set win Tommy Robredo takes care of Guillaume Rufin in straight sets on Monday in Casablanca. Robredo advances to a second-round meeting with either Jurgen Melzer or Tobias Kamke.

    Tommy Robredo kicked off his Grand Prix Hassan II campaign with a 7-6(2), 6-4 victory over Guillaume Rufin on Monday afternoon. Robredo capitalized on a dismal serving performance by his opponent to advance in one hour and 40 minutes.

    Rufin led by a break early in the first set, but he gave it back and was pushed to a tiebreaker. The 89th-ranked Frenchman was on level terms at 2-1 but donated serve twice in succession at that point and never recovered. His sixth double-fault at 2-6 wrapped up the opening frame of play.

    Robredo also trailed by a break in the second, although he once again showed no sign of panic. The 30-year-old Spaniard recovered from the deficit and delivered a clutch hold at 4-4 to put the pressure on Rufin. Serving to stay in the match, Rufin cracked and dropped serve to end it.

    Rufin finished with seven double-faults while putting in a dreadful 42 percent of his first deliveries. Robredo struck three aces and one double en route to a second-round clash against either Jurgen Melzer or Tobias Kamke.

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