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Nicolas Almagro will join No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 6 David Ferrer as the third Spaniard amongst the game’s current crop of elite players.

Nicolas Almagro broke new ground in his career on Thursday when he defeated Russian Nikolay Davydenko 7-6(2), 6-3 in the third round of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. In reaching the quarter-finals of the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tennis tournament, the 25-year-old Almagro will crack the Top 10 of the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings on Monday.

“I knew that today’s match could have a special reward,” said Almagro. “It was the third time I had a chance to get to the Top 10, after Acapulco and Monte-Carlo first. It’s an incredible feeling. There’s no better place to achieve it than in my home club in front of my own people and my family and all the home support. It’s a great reward for myself and the work of my whole team.”

The eighth seed, who reached the Barcelona semi-finals in 2006 (l. to Nadal), will next face former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, who battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the third set to defeat Italian qualifier Simone Vagnozzi 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 43 minutes. Ferrero and Almagro clashed in the Barcelona quarter-finals five years ago, with Almagro prevailing in straight sets. They have split their career meetings 2-2.

 

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