• Almagro defeats Dolgopolov for eighth career title

    2/13/11 2:12 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Almagro defeats Dolgopolov for eighth career title Nicolas Almagro takes the title in Costa do Sauipe on Saturday by getting the best of Alexandr Dolgopolov. Almagro was competing in his 10th career ATP final while Dolgopolov was taking part in his first.

    Alexandr Dolggopolov's hot streak could not stand up to one of the best clay-court players in the business.

    Nicolas Almagro had too much for Dolgopolov on Saturday and scored a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory to win the Brasil Open title. Almagro needed one hour and 28 minutes to capture his eighth career ATP winner's trophy.

    Showing off his valuable experience right from the start, the 13th-ranked Spaniard dropped only seven points in his first five service games. Dolgopolov managed to hold en route to 3-4, but a dismal service game saw him fall into a 0-40 hole. The 22-year-old Ukrainian fought off one break point, but Almagro capitalized on his next chance for a 5-3 lead. Costa do Sauipe's No. 1 seed made no mistake in serving out the set one game later.

    Dolgopolov raised his level considerably in set two. The world No. 32 held with ease until he suddenly ran into trouble at 3-3. Dolgopolov, though, saved both break points with huge serving and eventually played his way into a tiebreaker.

    Once again, Almagro's big-match experience proved to be a major factor. Dolgopolov surrendered the first point on his own serve with an ill-advised drop-shot and Almagro never let him back into it. Almagro gave back one mini-break with a double-fault at 4-1, but he maintained his momentum and converted his second match point at 6-3 with a blistering winner.

    Dolgopolov, who reached the Australian Open quarterfinals and was contesting his first career ATP final, wrapped up his effort with five aces and one double-fault. Almagro, who was taking part in his 10th final (all on clay), finished with three aces and one double-fault while never facing a single break point.

    Both players now move on to the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, where they are in the same top quarter of the draw.

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Well done Almagro, experience does count. Dolgo has to learn from experience, talent alone can't help one to reach the top and stays there; consistency, experience and hard work do matter. Anyway well done too to Dolgo, continue to work hard for the good results.

luckystar , 2/13/11 6:17 AM

Congratulations, Nico. Well-earned victory, playing with power and focus.
Sasha, congratulations for making it to your first ATP final! Now, watch those UEs!

mara002 , 2/13/11 7:14 AM

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