Nicolas Almagro: 'Beating Roger Federer was one of my unaccomplished goals'


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Nicolas Almagro: 'Beating Roger Federer was one of my unaccomplished goals'

Nicolas Almagro retired from the professional tennis at this week's Murcia Challenger. In an interview to Marca, the Spaniard was asked what player he would have liked to beat in his career against who he instead always lost.

"Beating Roger Federer was one of my goals", admitted Almagro. "I would have liked to play against Sampras or Agassi. I do not know if I would win or lose but play." Does someone hit the ball stronger than him? "There are a lot who hit harder than me, it's about being consistent and I was.

My tennis is an aggressive one. Who liked it liked it a lot and who didn't, may hate it. I enjoyed myself. My tennis was funny, like my character. Sometimes the adrenaline made me go through bad times and now I apologize for it."

Almagro holds the record of most aces on clay. "It says a lot about my coaches and the work they did with my serve. But I do not think it lasts much because I cannot add and there are others behind me that are still playing."

In 2017 Australian Open he was alleged to have played the first round just to take prize money. "I went to court because I think I can play. I was top 10, I have more than 10 million dollars. I'm not going to play for $50,000. It is not the reason", Almagro said at the time.