By Lucia Hoffman
SAO PAULO, Brazil – Defending Brazil Open champion Nicolas Almagro needed three sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the Brazil Open by taking out Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Thursday in the Ibirapuera sporting complex.
Almagro feels the difference between the indoor courts in Sao Paulo and the outdoor courts in Costa do Sauipe where the tournament was held until last year, is the heat, light, and level of humidity. He finds the Brazil Open a “very charming and beautiful event” and he hopes to get to the finals.
Regarding his opponent Hanescu, he laughed when asked about the Romanian’s poker face when playing matches. He said it’s very difficult to read Hanescu’s emotions during the match as he is always very focused.
Almagro was very happy with the way he served against Hanuescu and said that one of the techniques he uses when serving is to choose a point and hit as hard as he can. His serve is a big weapon which sets up a dangerous forehand...