By Lucia Hoffman
SAO PAULO, Brazil – A sellout crowd saw Spain’s Nicolas Almagro and Italy’s Filippo Volandri advance to the final of the Brazil Open. Top seed Almagro took out fellow countryman Albert Ramos 6-4, 7-6(4) and is looking to put a third Brasil Open title on his resume and an 11th ATP World Tour title overall.
“Ramos is a great player who knows how to defend … and, moreover, has a good service. Fortunately, my serve has not been too bad either,” said Almagro. “I always felt very loved playing in Brazil, and increasingly the country is special to me.”
Spain has had a representative in the Brasil Open finals for the eighth straight year.
Bellucci photo by Ricardo Valarini
In the second semifinal, Thomas Bellucci was not able to recover completely from his “intense” match on Friday against Argentinian, Leonardo Mayer.
According to Bellucci, he could barely see the ball today. “I was very tired, in pain throughout the body, cramps, and not even able to think straight.” An