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Nadal, Almagro charge on in Brazil

15 February 2013 02:10

Rafael Nadal and Nicolas Almagro advanced to the Brasil Open quarter-finals on Thursday as four seeds were beaten.

Nadal, playing at his second tournament since returning from a long-term knee injury, eased into the last eight with a 6-3 6-4 win over Brazilian qualifier Joao Souza.

The Spanish top seed, runner-up at the VTR Open on Sunday, served five aces and broke once in each set on his way to victory in one hour and 18 minutes.

Nadal is competing at the event for the second time after lifting the trophy in 2005 and meets Argentine Carlos Berlocq in the quarter-finals.

Berlocq overcame Spanish eighth seed Albert Ramos 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 on the clay courts in Sao Paulo.

Three-time champion Almagro, who has won the ATP 250 tournament the past two times, was pushed before edging past Chilean Paul Capdeville 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-2.

The Spanish second seed served 18 aces on his way into the quarter-finals, where he will face Argentina's David Nalbandian.

Nalbandian was too good for countryman Guido Pella in a 6-4 6-2 victory.

Argentine Juan Monaco, Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci and Spaniard Pablo Andujar were the other seeds to lose on Thursday.

Third seed Monaco was sent packing by Italian Simone Bolelli, who ran out a 7-5 6-2 winner to set up a meeting with Albert Montanes.

Montanes beat seventh-seeded compatriot Andujar 7-5 6-2, while fifth seed Bellucci was eliminated by Italy's Filippo Volandri, a 6-3 6-2 victor.

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