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Costa do Sauipe, Brazil (Sports Network) - Top-seeded Nicolas Almagro captured his eighth career title -- all on clay -- after disposing of No. 4 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) Saturday night to win the $527,700 Brasil Open tennis event.
Participating in his 10th lifetime final, Almagro won this tournament for the second time. In 2008, the Spanish star topped fellow countryman Carlos Moya in the championship match.
"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 in all of Brazil and I've been lucky enough to win it twice and I will continue to try my best in the future here."
Almagro did not face a break point and lost just three points on his first serve in the opening set.
Dolgopolov, who was participating in his first career final, pulled a shocker a couple of weeks ago when he made it to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open before succumbing to Andy Murray. The Ukrainian came into this event ranked 32nd in the world.
"I think I played well during the whole tournament. Of course the final didn't go my way but Nicolas played a very good match," Dolgopolov said. "I'm looking forward to the next tournament and to playing here next year."
This was the second win in three all-time matches for Almagro over Dolgopolov, as the two split a pair last year. Almagro's other victory came in straight sets at the French Open.
02/12 21:53:37 ET
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