by JAMES HENRY
CINCINNATI – Every moment is special. And some, in particular, will be remembered forever.
Defeating five-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland in the fourth round of last year’s U.S. Open: 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4.
Before a partisan crowd, beating France’s Gaël Monfils in the third round of the 2013 French Open: 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
Then, in another five-set stunner the next round in Paris, overcoming countryman Nicolás Almagro: 6-7 (5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Spain’s Tommy Robredo said he never will forget those matches. Another now is etched in his memory – upsetting Novak Djokovic at the 2014 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati as the Serbian tried to complete the Career Golden Masters, winning all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments.
Robredo ousted the World No. 1 and winner of seven Grand Slam singles titles in the third round: 7-6 (6), 7-5.
“I always say the same: When I finish my career and when I will be sitting at home and talking with friends, I will remember days like this,” the 32-year-old said.
“There is couple matches that will keep being in my memory for years,” he said. “I’m playing for that. I’m playing for enjoying these moments. Tennis career is very hard. You know, we are traveling. A lot of times, we’re alone on the plane, on the autos.
“Also, we are lucky to be inside a tennis court with 5,000 fans supporting us and enjoying what we do.
“When things like this happen is when you’ll feel more aware, no? That’s why I’m here, and I have to enjoy these matches as well as I can.”