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No.16 seed Tommy Robredo won his 21st clay-court match of the season as he battled past American Mardy Fish 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 to reach the third-round of the Madrid Masters.
In their seventh meeting, Robredo managed to recover from the loss of the opening set to convert three of four break point chances to improve to 4-3 in the overall head to head.
27 year-old Robredo improves to 9-0 in tie-breaks this year and has had superb results on the clay-courts of South America and Europe.
The World No.17, who won the ATP World Tour 1000 title in Hamburg in 2006 will face World No.3 Andy Murray in the next round.