13-time ATP champion Nicolas Almagro's career comes to end

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13-time ATP champion Nicolas Almagro's career comes to end

Spanish tennis player Nicolas Almagro's career has come to an end. The Spaniard announced last week that this week's Murcia Challenger would be the last tournament of his career. Almagro, 33, played just a total of five matches last year, losing all five of them.

Prior to the Murcia event, Almagro didn't play since October and the Szczecin Challenger. On Tuesday, Almagro lost to fellow compatriot Mario Vilella Martinez 6-2 6-2 in the Murcia Challenger first round. World No. 262 Vilella Martinez claimed an easy win as he broke Almagro twice in each set to put an end to the 33-year-old's singles career.

On Wednesday, Almagro and Juan Antonio Marin lost to Ariel Behar and Andrea Vavassori 6-1 6-3. Almagro, who turned professional in 2003, won a total of 13 titles during his career, with all of the 13 titles coming on his favorite surface, clay.

The Spaniard, who finishes his career without a ranking, achieved his career-high ranking of No. 9 in 2011. Almagro is a four-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist, having reached three French Open quarter-finals and one Australian Open quarter-final respectively.

Also, Almagro was a part of the Spanish team that won the 2008 Davis Cup and made the quarter-final in his lone Olympic appearance at the 2012 London Olympics. The 33-year-old also won one doubles title during his career and achieved his doubles career-high ranking of No. 48 in 2011.