Almagro defeats Dolgopolov for Brazil Open title

by: Ed McGrogan | February 12, 2011

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COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP)—Nicolas Almagro won his eighth ATP title on Saturday, beating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the Brazil Open.

The Spaniard also won this event in 2008. All of his tournament titles have come on clay.

Dolgopolov, who reached the quarterfinals last month in the Australian Open, was appearing in his first ATP final.

Almagro and Dolgopolov had played twice before, splitting their matches. Almagro beat Dolgopolov in last year’s French Open, and Dolgopolov won a few months later in a non-clay event in Shanghai.

But Almagro did not face a break point Saturday and dropped just one set in the tournament—to Juan Ignacio Chela in the semifinals.

“The truth is that it was a beautiful final, a final that I was very happy to be part of,” Almagro said. “It’s clear that the tournament is a very important one not only for me but here and in all of Brazil.”

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