Tommy says goodbye to this edition of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell with an affectionate ovation from the public

Tommy Robredo says goodbye earlier than expected to what could have been his eighteenth participation in the Conde de Godó Trophy, falling despite his fans to a solid Federico Gaia 7-6 (3) 6-4 in a match with many options in which the lack of play of the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 player in official tournaments this season has been noted.

Probably the most anticipated match of the first day of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2021, it started sunny and with the stands relatively empty, but as the intensity of the match increased more fans filled up the seats. The match was held following all the safety and hygiene measures decreed by the Covid-19 monitoring department, led by Antoni Trilla, head of epidemiology at the Hospital Clínic.

 

The first set stood out for the long exchanges and the games with numerous advantages and deuces, which at first mostly were favourable for the Italian player, giving him a 5-2 lead.  Tommy turned the set around by reaching 6-5, but Gaio took control of the scoreboard forcing a tie-break. The second started along the same lines, leading 5-1 in just over 20 minutes, but Tommy gained sensations with good points and got back into the match. As a clear favourite for the spectators, with several options for 5-5 there was hope for a second great comeback, but it was not possible as Gaia closed with his second match point.

The veteran of the tournament, champion in 2004 and finalist in 2006, left the centre court  amid applause and displays of affection from his fans, after giving everything on the court demonstrating that he deserved the wildcard and losing to a rival who deserved to win.

Robredo also could not access the final draw in doubles category after losing in qualifying teaming up with David Marrero, who was champion of the Masters in 2013. A veteran duo that despite the defeat have aroused the admiration of a crowd that always supports those players who exude dignity in both victories and defeats.

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