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Tommy Robredo explains how Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal elevated tennis

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Tommy Robredo, 39, thinks Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal elevated the game to another level and now the new generation is benefiting from it. Robredo, who turned professional in 1998, remembers time when he a player was making just €6,000 for a first round appearance at the Grand Slam level.

Now, a player eliminated in a Grand Slam first round earns $60,000. “When I started, you won €6,000 if you were eliminated in the first round of a Grand Slam. Now, it’s €60,000 thanks to [Rafael] Nadal and [Roger] Federer,” Robredo said.

“Without [Rafa], perhaps I would have won a few more games, but that is only a matter of sport. I am calm because I gave that one hundred percent, and that is the important thing.”

Robredo has no regrets over playing in the same era as Nadal
Robredo, a former world No.

5, has never beaten Nadal as the former world No. 1 owns a 7-0 head-to-head record over the 39-year-old. “No, [my career has not been harmed by coinciding with Rafa’s]. It’s all been for the best. That means that in Spain there is more talk about tennis [thanks to him],” Robredo said.

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“Thanks to him, there are more tournaments and sponsors that come to Spain. Everything goes up [because of him].” Robredo, now ranked at No. 343 in the world, is planning to say goodbye to tennis in Barcelona next month.

“I’ve known I was going to retire for a while, but the pandemic put everything back,” Robredo said. “I wanted both my friends and family to be there on the day of my retirement. “Now it will be time to dedicate myself to my family, especially my daughter.

Until now I’ve never had anything more fulfilling than tennis, but now I’ve found it. I want to be at home with my family and my daughter. Now I know that I don’t want to miss the first time she walks or says ‘papa.’ ”

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