French Open 2010: Rafael Nadal vs. Nicolas Almagro [UPDATED]
Nadal vs. Almagro Live Stream: World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will look to continue his ‘Red Dirt’ dominance when he meets compatriot Nicolas Almagro this afternoon at Court Philippe Chatrier for the 2010 French Open quarterfinals.
The 23-year-old from Majorca defeated Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil to record his 200th win on clay and set up an all-Spanish showdown with 19th seed Almagro. Nadal is bidding to become only the second man in history after Bjorn Borg to win five or more Roland Garros titles. And if the Spaniard goes on to win the tournament, he will replace Roger Federer as the top-ranked player next week.
Sweden’s Robin Soderling defeated Federer in the other quarterfinal, ending the Swiss Maestro’s record string of consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances. The upset was the second pulled off by Soderling, seeded fifth, in as many years in Paris. Last year, he became the first man to beat Nadal, ending the four-time champion’s reign at Roland Garros. Currently he is the only Swede in the top 100 in the ATP rankings.
“It’s going to be very difficult because the way he plays is really excellent,” Nadal told reporters about Almagro. “ But I’ll try to play my way and do my best.”
Almagro ousted seventh-seed Fernando Verdasco on Monday in less court time than Nadal’s win. Verdasco looked exhausted in that game and only during the second set did he offer much resistance against a player he defeated last year.
UPDATE: Nadal moved a step closer recapturing his Roland Garros crown by defeating Almagro 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in an all-Spanish quarter-final.