Second seed Tommy Robredo stunned by compatriot Nicolas Almagro



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Second seed Tommy Robredo stunned by compatriot Nicolas Almagro

Tennis: World No.17 and second seed Tommy Robredo has been stunned in the second round of the Brasil Open in Sao Paulo by his Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (1). Almagro in 3 years younger than Robredo but being compatriots they have faced each other many times.

In last 8 years they met 6 times and Almagro was winner on five of those occasions. Robredo had lost 12 sets in a row against Almagro and finished that streak in the fourth round of the 2013 French Open as he came back from two sets to down Almagro for the first time.

This time Robredo was the higher ranked, as former world No.9 Almagro is at 81st place in the ATP rankings now. He saved both break points he faced in the first set and one break was enough to give him the first set 6-3. The second set was close as both players broke eachother once and the set was forced into a tie-break.

Almagro won it 7-1 to go through to the Quarterfinals. He served 10 aces in the match. In other matches, fourth seed Leonardo Mayer edged Albert-Ramos Vinolas in 3 sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Fifth seed Pablo Cuevas also went through as Facundo Bagnis retired at 5-1 in the first set. Also Read: Fernando Verdasco and Tommy Robredo Will Join Feliciano Lopez for ATP Brasil Open