Nicolas Almagro playing at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell last week.
By Yeshayahu Ginsburg
Unfortunately for Nicolas Almagro, his last match against Rafael Nadal feels like it went pretty much the same way all of his other matches have. Almagro is very good against most players on tour, especially on clay. He has improved on all surfaces over the past few years and now consistently goes deep in a lot of tournaments. However, he also consistent loses to just about every top player on tour.
Almagro is a combined 1-21 against the “Big 4”, with that one win coming against Andy Murray at the French Open in 2008. Almagro is also 0-13 against David Ferrer, 3-9 against Tomas Berdych, and 0-6 versus Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. With records like that, it’s easy to see why Almagro likes to play a lot of 250-level tournaments and why it’s incredible that he manages to stay as close to the top 10 as consistently as he does.
It is often said that consistency is what separates the Big 4 from the rest of...