Friday, February 18, 2011

Nalbandian vs Robredo; Almagro Also Wins in Buenos Aires

Nalbandian vs Robredo; Almagro Also Wins in Buenos Aires

David Nalbandian crushed Juan Pablo Brzezicki 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires.

Nalbandian was broken in 2 opportunities but he broke Brzezicki seven times from 14 chances.

“I did almost everything perfectly, it was a great match,” said Nalbandian. “I didn’t have to run or defend too much. Some matches you can do more things depending on what your rival does, but the idea is to keep up this tennis.”

Nalbandian will next play against Tommy Robredo, who defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 7-5.

Nalbandian leads Robredo 6-2 in their head-to-head series.

“I need to play like this again, I’m feeling very good. I know Robredo well, we’ve played a few times in the circuit and also before in juniors. I know I have to be aggressive and continue this level,” said David.

Nicolas Almagro beat Leonardo Mayer 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to also reach the quarterfinals.

Almagro converted five of eight break points and had nine aces, compared to Mayer’s two. Almagro has won 11 of 13 matches this season and has reached the quarterfinals—or better—three times in this tournament.

“I knew it would be tough but I’m happy because I did my job,” said Almagro. “He played incredible in the first set, but in the second I got better, he got a little tired. Gladly I could win the third set after a break at 4-3 and served very well in the end.”

“I’m very satisfied because things are working out,” he said. “The work I did before the tournament is paying off and I hope I can keep winning in the tournament.”

Source AP/ATP