Tennis - Robredo ends title drought with victory in Casablanca

Spain's Tommy Robredo lifted his first trophy in more than two years as he beat Kevin Anderson in the final of ATP Casablanca.

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Tennis - Robredo ends title drought with victory in Casablanca
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Tommy Robredo

The world number 72 beat the first-time clay-court finalist 7-6(6) 4-6 6-3 in a hard-fought encounter at the Grand Prix Hassan II on Sunday.

Both players overcame sluggish starts to win their last-four matches in three sets on Saturday, and it was another tough encounter for the pair a day later with three gruelling sets.

It was the first match-up for the two players with Anderson appearing in his second final of the season, and he could not maintain his intensity in the third set after levelling the match with a crucial break in the second.

The Spaniard had taken the first set 8-6 on the tie-break with nothing between the two players as he stamped his authority on proceedings before finding just enough to beat his opponent in the third.

Robredo claimed his 10th clay-court crown and 11th title overall, with his last victory coming in 2011 in Santiago.

The former world number five was sidelined for five months with a leg injury last season and fell as far as number 471 in the world rankings.

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