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Nicolás Almagro
Nicolás Almagro at the 2009 US Open 02.jpg
Country  Spain
Residence Murcia, Spain
Date of birth 21 August 1985 (1985-08-21) (age 24)
Place of birth Murcia, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 81 kg (180 lb; 12.8 st)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right-handed; one-handed backhand
Career prize money $3,021,406
Singles
Career record 141–116
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 11 (7 July 2008)
Current ranking No. 40 (1 March 2010)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 4R (2010)
French Open QF (2008)
Wimbledon 3R (2009)
US Open 3R (2007, 2008, 2009)
Doubles
Career record 30–55
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 73 (4 February 2008)
Australian Open 2R (2008)
French Open 2R (2006)
Wimbledon 1R (2006, 2007)
US Open 1R (2006, 2007, 2008)
Last updated on: 2 November, 2009.

Nicolas Almagro Sanchez Rolle (Spanish: Nicolás Almagro Sánchez Rolle; born 21 August 1985 in Murcia, Spain) is a Spanish tennis player.

His ATP career record against Top 10 opponents is currently 6–12, with previous victories coming against No. 4 Marat Safin at 2005 AMS Rome, No. 9 Guillermo Coria at 2006 Barcelona, No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko at 2006 AMS Rome, No. 7 Tommy Robredo at 2007 AMS Hamburg and No. 8 David Nalbandian in 2008 in Alcapulco.

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Career

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2005

Almagro won the gold medal at the 2005 Mediterranean Games by defeating compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (6-2 and 7-5) in the final in Almería, Spain.

2006

Finally, in April 2006, Almagro won his maiden ATP tournament title - the Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana (Valencia, Spain). Almagro was forced to come through the qualification rounds just to make this event, but that did not stop him from winning 8 matches in a row including 3 set victories over former world #1's Juan Carlos Ferrero and Marat Safin.

Following this title, Almagro stated that he was pleased with where his tennis is taking him, and that he expects even bigger and better results in the near future.

After Valencia, Almagro went on an excellent run, reaching the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open before losing to Rafael Nadal, and followed that up by reaching the quarter finals in Rome, where he lost to Roger Federer in 3 tight sets - 7–5 in the 3rd.

He entered Roland Garros 2006 as the bookmakers 3rd favourite but suffered a disappointing 2nd round loss to James Blake. The remainder of 2006 was uninspiring for Almagro as he was away from his favoured clay surface. He did show signs of improving his hard court game by making a quarter-final indoors in Lyon and he also won matches at the Masters Events in Cincinnati and Paris.

2007

He won his second title on 15 April 2007 by defeating Potito Starace 4–6, 6–2, 6–1 in Valencia for the second consecutive year. However, he lost in the 2nd round of the French Open in 5 sets to Michael Llodra, in what was perceived as another disappointing lapse in form. Still, his year contained highlights other than Valencia. He reached the semi-finals of Buenos Aires, the finals of Bastad and began to show promise on hardcourts also, advancing to the QF of the Masters of Cincinnati and the 3rd round of the US Open (losing to Davydenko).

2008

In 2008, Almagro won his 3rd title of his career in Costa Do Sauipe by defeating Carlos Moyà in a rollercoaster 3 set battle. Two weeks later, Almagro followed up that victory with yet another in Acapulco, defeating David Nalbandian in the finals 6–1 7–6(1). With his 4th career title, Almagro rose to a career-best ranking of No. 21 in the world, winning 21 of 26 matches on clay thus far in the season. He is at a career-best ranking of No. 17 in the world following the Masters Series in Rome.

He achieved his best Grand Slam result in June by reaching the quarter-finals of the 2008 French Open, where he lost to Rafael Nadal 1-6, 1-6, 1-6. During his run he beat Boris Pashanski, Sebastian Decoud, tenth seed Andy Murray of Great Britain and home-favourite Jérémy Chardy in straight sets. He was the man that did more aces in the French Open (78).

2009

In January, Almagro participated in the 2009 Heineken Open, held in Auckland, New Zealand. The fourth-seed at the event, Almagro received a bye into the second round, where he defeated Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in three sets 6-7(4) 6-3 6-2, which gained him entry into the quarter-finals, where he was defeated in straight sets 6-3 6-2 by American Sam Querrey, another seeded player (sixth) at the event.[1]

At the Australian Open, Almagro surpassed the first round of the tournament for the first time, making it to the third round before losing to Gaël Monfils; at the 2009 Brasil Open, where Almagro was the defending champion and top seed, he lost in the quarter-finals to Frederico Gil in two tiebreak sets, 6-7(5), 6-7(4). At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Almagro successfully defended his 2008 win, defeating Gaël Monfils in the final, 6-4, 6-4.

Almagro's next tournament was the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, an ATP Masters Series event where he was seeded 19th. After receiving a bye into the second round, he was defeated by Taylor Dent in a third-set tiebreak, 2-6, 6-2 7-6(7).

In the French Open, he made it through to the 3rd round but lost to fellow countryman, Fernando Verdasco, in straight sets.

In Wimbledon, he reached the third round but was stopped easily by recent French Open runner-up Robin Söderling. In the first round, he scraped his way through after trailing 7-6 7-6 5-4 40-30 with Juan Monaco serving on match point. In the second round he led Karol Beck two sets to love only to find himself again fighting in five sets to survive. Nicolas won by 6-4 7-6(2) 3-6 3-6 7-5.

At the US Open, Almagro lost in the 3rd round to fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Before this, he defeated Belgian Steve Darcis in the first round before getting past American Robby Ginepri in a 4 hr 15 min 5-set match in the second round.

In the subsequent ATP 1000 Tournament in Paris, Almagro once again fell to Rafael Nadal. Despite having five match points and the opportunity to serve for the match in the third set, Almagro lost 6-3,6-7,5-7.

2010

At the 2010 Australian Open, Almagro prevailed in long five set matches to beat Xavier Malisse, (8-6 in the 5th set) and Benjamin Becker, (6-3 in the 5th set) in the first two rounds. In the third round, he beat Alejandro Falla with relative ease in three sets; 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. In the fourth round, he was defeated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(6), 7-9 battle lasting over 4 hours. Almagro played the whole tournament with a broken left wrist, preventing him from exceeding 200 Km/h when serving due to an altered ball-toss.

He was ousted in the opening round of the 2010 Copa Telmex tournament for the second straight year (l. to Gimeno-Traver). He then entered the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel (in Acapulco, Mexico) as the 2-time defending champion. He beat Dudi Sela [6-1 7-6(0)], and luckily Richard Gasquet [3-6, 7-5, 7-6(7)] to reach the quarterfinals. Next up, he will face a challenging uphill battle against Juan Carlos Ferrero who is on a 12-match winning streak.

Playing style

Almagro's playing style fits that of an offensive baseliner. Aided by his stocky frame, an uncommon trait on the ATP Tour, Almagro's groundstrokes, particularly on his favored forehand side, are very powerful. Almagro uses a very quick and compact service motion which helps his first serve often exceed speeds of 210 km/h.[2] In addition to his powerful game, Almagro is also known for playing on the edge of his emotions, sometimes losing his temper on-court.[1]

Equipment

Nicolas Almagro uses the Dunlop 300G HotMelt with a Dunlop Aerogel 4D 500 Tour paintjob. He has been stringing with Luxilon Big Banger Original for years. He wears Reebok Match Point Shoes and the Match Day Group clothing.

Career finals

Singles: 7 (5-2)

Wins (5)
Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0)
Clay (5)
Grass (0)
Carpet (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 16 April 2006 Valencia, Spain Clay France Gilles Simon 6–2, 6–3
2. 15 April 2007 Valencia, Spain (2) Clay Italy Potito Starace 4–6, 6–2, 6–1
3. 17 February 2008 Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Clay Spain Carlos Moyà 7–6(4), 3–6, 7–5
4. 1 March 2008 Acapulco, Mexico Clay Argentina David Nalbandian 6–1, 7–6(1)
5. 28 February 2009 Acapulco, Mexico (2) Clay France Gaël Monfils 6–4, 6–4
Runners-up (2)
Legend (pre/post 2009)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0)
Clay (2)
Grass (0)
Carpet (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 15 July 2007 Båstad, Sweden Clay Spain David Ferrer 6–2, 6–1
2. 20 April 2008 Valencia, Spain Clay Spain David Ferrer 4–6, 6–2, 7–6(2)

Performance timeline

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Australian Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 4R
French Open 1R 2R 2R 2R QF 3R
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R
US Open A 2R 2R 3R 3R 3R
Year End Ranking 103 114 32 28 18 26

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