Almagro reaches quarters at Brazil Open

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 14, 2012
Nicolas Almagro of Spain extended the defense of his Brazil Open title to the quarterfinals by defeating Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Thursday. Almagro, the top seed, didn't allow a single break point to Hanescu in his victory at the Ibirapuera sporting complex. He had 12 aces and only one double fault in the second-round match which lasted more than two hours. Almagro needed a wild card to defend his title because he initially wasn't certain if he would make the tournament because of his Davis Cup duties with Spain. Also, fifth-seeded Carlos Berlocq of Argentina defeated Potito Starace of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, while eighth-seeded Albert Ramos of Spain ousted Igor Andreev of Russia 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4).
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