Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory against Spanish tennis player Nicolas Almagro during the ATP Barcelona Open "Conde de Godo" tennis tournament in Barcelona on April 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO
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Rafael Nadal avenged last year's loss to Nicolas Almagro by beating his fellow Spaniard 6-3, 6-1 at the Barcelona Open Wednesday, while U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic slumped to a second-round exit.Almagro hit 19 unforced errors to nine for Nadal in a first set that he ceded on a costly double fault.Almagro hustled to save four match points in a long final game that included Nadal saving seven break points before he finally clinched the match with an ace.Almagro upset Nadal on the same red clay court last year to end the eight-time champion's run of 41 consecutive wins at the tournament he has dominated for almost a decade.Third-seeded David Ferrer brushed aside Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-3, while Pablo Andujar roared back to oust 11th-seeded Leonardo Mayer 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 .
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