BRASIL OPEN 2013
Nadal, Almagro Win Sao Paulo Openers; Monaco Upset
Sao Paulo, Brazil
by ATP Staff|
Nadal is playing the event for the second time, having triumphed on his debut in 2005 when the ATP World Tour 250 indoor clay-court tournament was held in Costa do Sauipe. The Spaniard is contesting his second event since beginning his comeback from a left knee injury. Last week, Nadal reached the VTR Open final in Vina del Mar, falling to Horacio Zeballos in a close three-set battle.
Second seed and three-time champion Nicolas Almagro fired 18 aces past Chilean qualifier Paul Capdeville in a 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2 victory to record his 20th match win at the event. Almagro squares off against David Nalbandian next. The Argentine cruised past compatriot Guido Pella 6-4, 6-2 in 63 minutes. Nalbandian won 26 of his 29 first serve points and did not face a break point.
World No. 15 Juan Monaco suffered his third opening-round exit of the year, when the third-seeded Argentine lost to Italian Simone Bolelli 7-5, 6-2 in 76 minutes. Bolelli, who beat 2009 titlist Tommy Robredo on Monday, converted four of his six break point opportunities to break a two-match losing streak against Monaco.