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Nadal defeated by Almagro, sent tumbling out of Barcelona Open

Published on Apr 26, 2014 2:53 AM
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal reacts during his ATP Barcelona Open "Conde de Godo" tennis match against Spanish tennis player Nicolas Almagro in Barcelona on April 25, 2014. - FILE PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Misfiring Rafa Nadal crashed out of the Barcelona Open on Friday at the hands of fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro who avenged last year's final defeat by winning their quarter-final 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

The world number one also went out in the last eight of the Monte Carlo Masters last week, losing to compatriot David Ferrer.

Top seed Nadal showed some form in the first set against Almagro and then lost his way.

Both players broke serve in the opening two games. Almagro hit some deadly backhands but also racked up 15 unforced errors in the set.

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