Tommy Robredo Back with a Vengeance: Wins Milan Challenger Title

Shane LambertAnalyst IIJuly 2, 2012

Tommy Robredo
Tommy RobredoMatthew Stockman/Getty Images

This one belongs in the "In case you missed it" category.

While most tennis fans are focusing on Wimbledon, there is some news outside of the All England Club in the world of tennis that might be of interest.

Tommy Robredo—a player who has missed plenty of time in the last 12 months due to injury—looks as though he is regaining some of his old form.

Robredo picked up a challenger title in Italy earlier this June, and the Spaniard has repeated that result in the last week as he recently won the Milan challenger.

Robredo dropped just one set in five wins in Milan. He defeated Stefano Galvani, Stephane Robert, Yannick Mertens, Victor Hanescu and Martin Alund en route to the title.

The result sees him pick up 80 ranking points for a net gain of 70 (he stands to lose 10 after his result from Wimbledon 2011 drops out of the active rankings).

Robredo is a special entry into this week's challenger tournament in Braunschweig, Germany. That event is a more prestigious challenger event and it awards the winner 125 ranking points.

Robredo, playing in back-to-back weeks, has a very comfortable draw to the tournament's semifinals. However, the Spaniard might not be able to run the tables in Braunschweig due to fatigue.

The talent is not deep in this challenger, but there are a handful of early-round Wimbledon casualties looking to get some competitive court time in.

Robredo has rattled off 10 straight wins in his comeback bid. The Top 200 is easily within reach and if he keeps playing sharp, perhaps he'll make his return to Grand Slam tennis at the 2012 U.S. Open.