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Almagro defends Brazil Open crown

Feb. 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

SAO PAULO, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Spain's Nicolas Almagro successfully defended his Brazil Open title Sunday, gutting out a three-set victory over veteran Filippo Volandri of Italy.

It took two hours, but Almagro outlasted Volandri 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to take his third overall Brazilian crown.

He also won the event in 2008 when it was held at Costa do Sauipe.

The 26-year-old Spaniard amassed 18 aces in the triumph, the 11th of his career.

Volandri, 30, was appearing in his first final since 2006.

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