Red-Hot Almagro Rolls Nalbandian for ATP Acapulco Title

Posted on March 2, 2008

No. 6 seed Nicolas Almagro defeated top seed David Nalbandian 6-1, 7-6(1) Saturday in the claycourt final at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL final in Acapulco.

Almagro won his third career ATP title in Costa do Sauipe last month, and is now 14-1 on clay on the year. With the win he also improved his record against Top 10 opponents to 4-12.

Nalbandian had won 24 of his past 26 matches coming into Saturday's final, last week reclaiming a spot in the Top 10.

"I worked really hard to get where I am today," Almagro said. "I have to thank my family, coach and friends who supported me so much. It's incredible to have won two tournaments in two weeks. In Buenos Aires I had a small injury but I managed to get healthy in time for Acapulco. I really like this tournament. The crowd was incredible all week long and I also have to thank them. They played a big role in my victories here this week."

Almagro played almost flawless tennis in the first set, then held the Argentine off in the second.

"He played a great match, deserved to win the title," Nalbandian said. "I started the match a bit slow and let him take control of the match. In the second I was able to play a bit better but he got out of trouble with his serve most of the time. He served very well. I didn't serve very well and the conditions were slower than the previous matches and this suited his game a little better."

In the doubles final, No. 2 seeds Oliver Marach of Austria and Michal Mertinak of Slovakia defeated Agustin Calleri of Argentina and Luis Horna of Peru 6-2, 6-7(3), 10-7.