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Almagro Survives Scare In Bastad; Ramos, Dimitrov Advance

Bastad, Sweden

Ramos© SkiStar Swedish OpenThird seed Albert Ramos was one of three Spaniards to reach the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Second seed Nicolas Almagro survived a scare in his second-round match at the SkiStar Swedish Open on Thursday, saving one match point to overcome Czech qualifier Ivo Minar 1-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 in just under two hours.

The Spaniard denied the No. 216-ranked Minar his first Top 10 win in 15 attempts as he saved match points in the tie-break before breaking serve once to claim the decisive third set. Almagro is a past champion at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament, having lifted the trophy in 2010 with victory over Robin Soderling.

World No. 10 Almagro is chasing his third ATP World Tour clay-court title of the season, following victories at the Brasil Open 2012 (d. Volandri) in Sao Paulo and the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur (d. Baker).

He will next face his compatriot, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, who was a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Italian qualifier Alessandro Giannessi in 85 minutes.

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Third-seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos saved six of eight break points to beat Kazak qualifier Evgeny Korolev 6-3, 6-3 in 83 minutes.

Ramos, the Grand Prix Hassan II runner-up (l. to Andujar) in April, improved to a 19-18 match record on the season. Korolev, who won 48 per cent of his service points, underwent elbow surgery in September 2011.

Sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria reached his second ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season after dismissing Portugal’s Frederico Gil 6-3, 6-4. The 21 year old converted four of 10 break points to clinch victory in 81 minutes.

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Also a semi-finalist at the AEGON Championships on grass at The Queen’s Club last month, Dimitrov improved to a 14-10 match record on the season.

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