Nicolas Almagro hasn’t had much luck against David Ferrer. In fact, he hasn’t had any luck against his countryman. In 12 previous matches against Ferrer, Almagro has won none. Goose egg. Zero. 0-12. But all good streaks must come to an end at some point and Almagro says he’s ready for a fight come Tuesday when the two meet for a 13th time in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
“Will be a good fight,” Almagro said after a retirement win over Janko Tipsarevic Sunday. “We know him. I know him. He know me. Will be somewhat different match. We never play in a Grand Slam, I think, if I remember well. And, well, is a big opportunity for me to be in a semifinal. I’m ready to fight I’m healthy and I’m happy with my tennis. I think I’m playing really good. He hitting the ball with a lot of confidence, and we’ll see what happen on Tuesday.”
Almagro has played well since an opening first round five-set win over Steve Johnson. The baby-faced Spaniard hasn’t dropped a set and is full of confidence.
“I don’t know why,” he said. “I’m playing good. I’m hitting the ball with confidence, playing really aggressive, going to the net to close the point, and, well, that’s it. I need to be ready for a big fight. I’m going to prepare that match tomorrow, not today.”
A win puts Almagro into his first career Grand Slam semifinal which begs the next question, Almagro in a Slam semi on hardcourt? Makes you cringe a little doesn’t it?
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