Almagro survives Bastad scare

Nicolas Almagro suffered a scare at the Swedish Open before overcoming Ivor Minar 1-6 7-6(8) 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals in Bastad.


The second seed was convincingly beaten in the first set by Czech qualifier Minar, the world number 216.

But Spaniard Almagro, the 2010 champion, battled back to take the second-set tie-break 10-8 before breaking and holding to take the decider.

Next up for Almagro is compatriot Daniel Gimeno-Traver, who beat Italian qualifier Alessandro Giansessi 6-4 6-3.

Third seed Alberto Ramos eased past Kazakh qualifier Evgeny Korolev 6-3 6-3 to seal his place in the quarters.

The Spaniard faces Bulgarian starlet Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the semis.

The other two quarter-finals will be between Spain’s top seed David Ferrer and compatriot Tommy Robredo, while Estonia’s Juergen Zopp faces Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic. Those match-ups were determined on Wednesday.

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