Almagro no match for Nadal in Paris
Rafael Nadal defeated Nicolas Almagro 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the French Open semi-finals.
Nadal will next play David Ferrer, who beat Andy Murray.
"I was lucky in the last set. He had a few opportunities on my serve to have a break, then with my second or third chance I managed to close the match," Nadal said.
Games went with serve in the opening set until 6-6 with Almagro dominating Nadal at times.
In the tie-break Rafa claimed a 4-0 lead and Almagro showed the first signs of wear and tear after just over an hour of play allowing his compatriot to go up a set.
In the second set, Nadal broke in the fourth game and held serve to make it 4-1.
Alamgro the earned a break point in the seventh game, but Nadal saved it with a nice first serve. The former world number 1 broke in the following game to seal a two sets to love lead.
Nadal took the first game of the third set before rain stopped play for a few minutes. When played resumed, Rafa saved two break points in the fifth game and then broke again in the seventh game and then served out for the win.
"I was just trying to wait for my moments," Nadal said. "He had some good moments and he was hitting the ball hard, but I had my chances, too."
"You cannot expect to win an easy match in [the] quarter-finals of a Grand Slam, [the] quarter-finals of Roland Garros," said Nadal. [It] was a tough one, but I am through and I am very happy."
On his semi-final against Ferrer, Nadal said, "We [have] played each other a lot of times. His game bothers everybody because he's one of the best players in the world on every surface - on clay especially. He's a complete player. It's very difficult to play against him, because his movement is probably the best in the world and he's able to hit the ball very early a lot of the time."
"I'm very happy with my tennis today," admitted Almagro. "I think I played one of the best matches I can play against Rafa, but he's the No. 1 in the world on this surface. The only thing I can say to you, [is that] I'm going to work a lot for the next time."
"He served really good today. I think at the important moments he served better... but I think the key of the match was [that] I had my chances and I didn't take them."
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