Robredo eyes second cup win
Spanish world number 16 Tommy Robredo is hoping that his previous experience will give him the edge in the mixed teams Hopman Cup.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 31/12/09 10:48am
World number 16 Tommy Robredo is hoping that his previous experience will give Spain the edge in the mixed teams Hopman Cup.
The 27-year-old, who debuted in the competition as a teenager when he seized the title for Spain in partnership with veteran Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 2002, is the only previous winner in the field this year.
Making his fourth appearance this time around, Robredo will partner experienced compatriot Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, ranked 26th in the world, with the pair hoping to secure Spain its third Hopman Cup title and its first since 2002, although Robredo said it is hard to predict how they will fare.
"It is difficult to say because it is the first week of the year and nobody knows how the other players are going," said Robredo.
"If you are in shape at the beginning, maybe you have the luck to win the matches and make the final.
"Also, it is the mixed, if you win one singles and lose the other singles, the mixed is the decider and you never know who it is going to be.
"But Maria Jose and I are good players and we can play good in our singles and also in the doubles, so we will try to mix it up and win two matches every day."
The Spaniards should have an advantage in the often deciding mixed doubles rubbers, with Robredo ranked 20th in doubles and 27-year-old Martinez Sanchez ranked 25th.
"It is the last point and it is important if we are one-all," Robredo said of the mixed doubles.
"She is a great player in doubles and I like to play doubles."