Nadal sent tumbling out of Barcelona Open

Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:03pm EDT
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By Tim Hanlon

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.

The second set was more even and it went to a tiebreak with Almagro, who had never beaten his countryman in 10 previous attempts, coming out on top.

The decider was scrappy and contained four consecutive breaks of serve before the sixth seed clinched victory.

"I had a lot of chances in the second set when I had the match more controlled but I didn't take them," Nadal told reporters.

"As the match went on I was less calm but I still had openings in the third set at 3-1 and at 4-4 which I didn't take. This is tennis and you just have to keep going."   Continued...

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to his compatriot David Ferrer during their quarter-final match at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard