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Almagro extends clay streak for Buenos Aires win

Posted: 20 Feb 2011 08:55 PM PST

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 21 — Spain's Nicolas Almagro won his second title in successive weeks yesterday when he beat Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the final of the Buenos Aires Open.

The top seed clinched victory on his third match point to continue his impressive form on South American claycourts after his triumph at the Brazil Open in Costa do Sauipe, where he also won in 2008.

Almagro, on a nine-match winning streak, lifted his ninth career title and fifth in Latin America, all of them on clay. His match record for the year so far is 14 wins in 16 matches.

The 25-year-old's only defeats came in the Auckland semi-finals and in the fourth round at the Australian Open.

"I congratulate Nico because he's been playing very well. But don't let him come again, he's winning everything," joked Chela.

Chela, ever present in the 11 years the tournament has been played, with three previous semi-finals, profited from two breaks of serve to take the second set but it was merely a stay of execution.

Almagro regained command after a break of serve each early in the deciding set to pummel the 31-year-old Argentine into submission.

The four-tournament Latin American claycourt circuit known as the Golden Swing concludes next week with the Mexican Open in Acapulco, which Almagro won in 2008 and 2009. — Reuters


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Roddick outlasts Raonic in thrilling Memphis final

Posted: 20 Feb 2011 08:31 PM PST

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, Feb 21 — Andy Roddick won the 30th title of his career with a diving forehand winner to cap a thrilling 7-6, 6-7, 7-5 win over red-hot Canadian Milos Raonic in the final of the Memphis Championships yesterday.

The top seed ended any chance of a third straight tiebreak by winning the tournament with a diving down-the-line forehand pass into the open court that left him with a grazed arm.

"I was very fortunate today," Roddick said after the match during an on-court interview. "I feel like I got outplayed for the better part of 2⅟₂ hours today. I just stuck around and kept trying and that's all I could really do."

The 20-year-old Raonic, coming off his first tournament win last week at the San Jose Open, forced a third set by denying the American three match points in the second set.

Raonic, who burst onto the scene by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open last month, had 32 aces in the final and set a tournament record with 129 in total.

While his courageous bid to win back-to-back titles fell short, he caught the attention of Roddick.

"Really really impressive," said the 28-year-old Roddick. "Coming from an old guy who has seen a lot of players, you have a very bright future and you have a lot to look forward to." — Reuters

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