Match report

Nicolas Almagro ©
French Open
Quarter final
6/6/12 1 2 3 Tot
es  Nicolas Almagro 6 2 3 0
es  Rafael Nadal 7 6 6 3
Rafael Nadal ©
  • Nadal dismisses Almagro to book semifinal berth

    6/6/12 8:18 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal continues through the French Open draw in straight sets, with the Spaniard dispatching countryman Nicolas Almagro in the quarters.

    Nicolas Almagro, the No. 12 seed, attempted to out-hit Rafael Nadal today, a feat he was able to accomplish with very limited success.

    Nadal weathered some big baseline hitting from his compatriot. Almagro went for broke throughout the match, hitting 39 winners, but he also donated 45 unforced errors.

    The world No. 2 struck the ball cleanly for the most part and donated just 16 unforced errors to 36 winners. Nadal was particularly tough on his own serve, hitting 10 aces and fighting off each of the four break points against him.

    After taking the first set to a tiebreaker, Almagro had a letdown in the second where he allowed Nadal to dominate. The underdog attempted to come back in the third, but Nadal had already hit his stride and the upset bid went nowhere.

    Nadal awaits the winner of David Ferrer and Andy Murray in the semifinals.

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Simply the best!

Vamos Rafa!

nadline , 6/6/12 10:19 PM

Put his name on the trophy, he looks unbeatable on his beloved clay. Roger or Novak, it doesn't matter.

brothdog , 6/7/12 11:19 AM

So long as Rafa bites the trophy on Sunday I don't care what happens in between.

Vamos Rafa!

nadline , 6/7/12 12:34 PM

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