Tommy hits high notes with another comeback

Robredo pulls off third successive recovery from two-sets down to reach the quarter-finals

Roland Garros

Tommy Robredo was named after a rock opera and yesterday the 31-year-old Spaniard added a new song to what is becoming an extraordinary repertoire. Robredo, who owes his first name to his father's love of The Who's Tommy, became the first man for 86 years, and only the second in history, to win three successive Grand Slam matches from two-sets down when he beat Nicolas Almagro, to reach the French Open quarter-finals.

Having overcome Igor Sijsling in three hours in the second round and Gaël Monfils in three hours and 46 minutes in the third, Robredo needed three hours and 49 minutes to beat Almagro 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the fourth. He now faces fellow 31-year-old, David Ferrer, who has his own reputation as a marathon man.

The only other man to win three Grand Slam matches in a row from two sets down was Henri Cochet, one of France's "Four Musketeers", who fought back to beat Frank Hunter, Bill Tilden and Jean Borotra and win Wimbledon in 1927.

What makes Robredo's story even more remarkable is the fact that the former world No 5 was an all but forgotten figure 12 months ago.

Having been out of the game for eight months because of a hamstring injury, Robredo was ranked No 471 in the world when he began his comeback playing at a Challenger tournament in Italy last June.

Already back up to No 34 in the rankings, he will climb several more places on the strength of his run here.

Rafael Nadal, Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero are the only Spaniards who can better Robredo's record of 85 Grand Slam wins, but he had lost all five of his previous meetings with Almagro, the last four in straight sets. The world No 13 won the first two sets here and was a break up in each of the next three, but Robredo refused to capitulate, despite a painful arm that at times made it difficult even to hold his racket. At the end he fell to his knees in tears and kissed the court.

"I was tired and feeling pain everywhere," Robredo said afterwards. "Today it was more than physical. I think it was mental, because when you have to run four hours at the end, it's the brain that helps you to run a little more. I was destroyed, but at the end my brain was pretty good."

Roger Federer extended his all-time record of consecutive appearances in Grand Slam quarter-finals to 36, but was pushed hard by Gilles Simon, an opponent who has often given him trouble in the past. Federer, who won 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, last failed to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam event when he lost to Gustavo Kuerten in the third round here nine years ago.

The 31-year-old Swiss won his 900th tour-level match after recovering from a slump which followed a heavy fall midway through the second set. Federer said afterwards that the tumble had briefly affected his confidence and Simon, who for a time was one of a handful of players with a positive head-to-head record against him, won the second and third sets with something to spare. But the match turned when Federer broke serve in the sixth game of the fourth set.

Federer now plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The world No 8 beat Serbia's Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Serena Williams extended her career-best winning streak to 28 matches by beating Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3 to earn a quarter-final against Svetlana Kuznetsova.

As Lead Partner of British Tennis, financial services company Aegon is helping to transform the sport, supporting the game at a grass-roots level through to world-class events. For more information please visit

www.aegontennis.co.uk

News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
film Ridley Scott reveals truth behind casting decisions of Exodus
News
people
Sport
footballArsenal 2 Borussia Dortmund 0: And they can still top the group
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'
filmThe singers widow and former bandmates have approved project
News
Andy Murray with his girlfriend of nine years, Kim Sears who he has got engaged to
peopleWimbledon champion announces engagement to girlfriend Kim Sears
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden and Edwina Currie are joining the I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! camp
tv
Arts and Entertainment
George Mpanga has been shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice prize
music
News
Albert Camus (left) and Jean-Paul Sartre fell out in 1952 and did not speak again before Camus’s death
people
Arts and Entertainment
Roisin, James and Sanjay in the boardroom
tvReview: This week's failing project manager had to go
News
Ed Miliband visiting the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. The Labour leader has spoken more openly of his heritage recently
newsAttacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But are the barbs more sinister?
Arts and Entertainment
'Felfie' (2014) by Alison Jackson
photographyNew exhibition shows how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
News
i100
Life and Style
Fright night: the board game dates back to at least 1890
life
Environment
The vaquita is being killed by fishermen trying to catch the totoaba fish, which is prized in China
environmentJust 97 of the 'world's cutest' sea mammals remain
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?