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Almagro ends Nadal's 11-year run in Barcelona
26 April 2014 @ 14:49

Nicolás Almagro recorded a 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Rafael Nadal at the Barcelona Open today, handing Nadal his first loss at the tournament since he made his debut as a 15 year old in 2003and lost to Alex Corretja.

It was Almagro's first victory over his compatriot in 11 meetings and sets up a semi-final meeting with unseeded Colombian, Santiago Giraldo, who was a set and 4-3 up against Philipp Kohlschreiber when the German retired on Friday evening.

Nadal won his 44th straight set at the clay-court event tournament by winning the first set 6-2. Recovering from a 1-3 deficit in the tie-break, sixth seed Almagro held his nerve to win the second set 7-6(5), the first set Nadal had lost in Barcelona since the 2008 final against David Ferrer.



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