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Tommy Robredo is often an overlooked player, but the world ranked number 6 battled as hard as he could against Federer.

Federer was not quite at his best as he mishandled several volleys, but he came up with his best when he needed it;
With his strong defensive skills, Robredo often made Federer hit more than one good shot to take a point, but had only 17 winners to 28 unforced errors.
"It was a very tough straight sets. I'm very happy to be through," said Federer, whose parents and sister were courtside for the first time at Melbourne Park. "I'm happy I won in front of them."

Robredo again battled back, but Federer was not deterred and secured the straight sets win to face Roddick in a repeat of the last Grand Slam final, the US Open.

"Conditions were very slow and it was windy so I had to adjust to that," Federer said.

"Tommy is a tough baseliner so he plays it smart. I tried to change things up a bit but I struggled to find my rhythm.

"Overall, I played pretty well. The breaks of serve were due to the windy conditions. My attacking style worked out well and I volleyed really well. As long as I get through I'm happy."

"I was able to break his serve a few times but I couldn't serve well enough myself," Robredo said.

"I had a few chances but I was not able to take them. He played great shots on important points and that's why he is the best player in the world."











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