By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 16, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Nicolas Almagro moves into the third round at the Australian Open for the fifth consecutive year after conquering his countryman Diego Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in an all Spanish second round encounter on Hisense Arena in morning play on Wednesday.
The tenth seed was never really troubled throughout the encounter, Gimeno-Traver only looking to have any chance during the beginning of the first set when he broke Almagro for a 2-1 lead.
The two have played each other on many occasions stretching back to the ITF junior days with Gimeno-Traver winning their only encounter on hard court at the 2010 Valencia Open in three sets.
One of 16 Spanish men flying the flag for Spain in the absence of Rafael Nadal, Almagro used his explosive shot making to shut down Gimeno-Traver.
He is known to be an intense personality on court, and let out plenty of emotional cries and fist pumping on his way to victory.