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Top seeds Nadal, Almagro win in Brazil

Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM   |   Comments

SAO PAULO, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and two-time defending champion Nicolas Almagro each logged a second-round victory Thursday to advance at the Brazil Open.

Nadal, in comeback mode after missing seven months with a knee injury, moving on to the quarterfinals when he breezed past Brazilian qualifier Joao Souza 6-3, 6-4. He will face Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, who beat eighth-seeded Albert Ramos of Spain 7-6 (9-7), 6-4.

Nadal made the final of his first post-layoff tournament last week at Vina del Mar, Chile, but was upended there by Argentina's Horacio Zeballos.

Second-seeded and world No. 11 Almagro unleashed 18 aces in getting past Chilean qualifier Paul Capdeville 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2 on Day 4 in Sao Paulo. He advances to take on former Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian, who breezed by fellow Argentine Guido Pella, 6-4, 6-2.

Italian Simone Bolelli upended third-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2, and Italy's Filippo Volandri surprised fifth-seeded Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-2.

Spain's Albert Montanes sent No. 7 seed Pablo Andujar packing 7-5, 6-2 Thursday.

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