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Almagro reaches French QF by beating Tipsarevic
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Almagro reaches French QF by beating Tipsarevic

Published Jun. 4, 2012 7:59 p.m. ET

Make it 3 for 3 for Nicolas Almagro - as in, three trips to the French Open quarterfinals and three meetings with Rafael Nadal.

The 12th-seeded Spaniard beat eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on a wet and windy Monday, then waited to see who his opponent would be.

Answer: Not surprisingly, it was Nadal, who lost only two games in a straight set blowout over Juan Monaco.

Almagro's previous two trips to the round of eight at Roland Garros, in 2008 and 2010, both ended with losses to six-time champion Nadal, part of an 0-7 career mark against his countryman.

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Asked if he felt Nadal was stronger than two years ago, when they last met in the quarterfinals - a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-4 Nadal win - Almagro didn't back down.

''I am stronger, too,'' he said. ''It's different. It's another match, and I'm ready to fight.''

Almagro hasn't lost a set at this year's French Open but neither has Nadal, who has dropped only 19 games over his four matches.

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