Originally written January 22, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
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James Crabtree is currently in Melbourne Park covering the Australian Open for Tennis Grandstand and is giving you all the scoop directly from the grounds. David Ferrer during his 5 set win By James Crabtree MELBOURNE – It is difficult to fathom how hard Nicholas Almagro strikes the ball. He glares with the eyes of a temperamental bull, but hits with the flowing grace and control of a Matador. An interesting scenario, Almagro uses his racquet as a muleta to tease and finish a pesky ferret. A method that was proving successful for the first time. Ferrer has beaten Almagro all twelve times they have played, including 5 losses in finals, a matter that doesn’t sit well with Almagro. “I don’t want to think about that. He is the No. 4 of the world. He is the favourite. He beat me many times, but many matches were close.” Still, this was only their second meeting at a grand slam, and surprisingly Almagro looked like the player with more experience. Ferrer was coming up against a player who...
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