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Last week both Guillermo Garcia Lopez and Nicolas Almagro were very successful. Guillermo managed to overcome the big serving American, John Isner in San Jose, but then lost to Andy Roddick 7-6 6-1 in the semi-finals. Theres no shame in losing to Roddick, who went on to win the tournament, so GGL should be very happy with a great weeks work, and hopefully we can see a rapid rise in the rankings soon. Almagro wasn't so lucky, having to withdraw against Juan Ignatio Chela 6-3 2-1:sad: He had a pretty good week anyway.

As for this week's action, no Spanish players contested the event in Memphis. In Zagreb, Garcia Lopez drew 5th seed, Marin Cilic in the first round. It's never easy playing someone in their home country, and GGL succumbed to the pressure, with Cilic winning 6-2 6-2. Hopefully he can have a nice rest now, and get back into a winning routine next week.

There were quite a few more Spaniards playing in Acapulco this week. Santiago Ventura was successful in the first round against a junior qualifier, Cesar Ramirez, thrashing him 6-3 6-1. Santiago was not good enough for top seed David Nalbandian however, going down 6-2 6-3. Albert Montanes and Marcel Granollers-Pujol both won their first round matches against Andreev and Bruno Rodriguez respectively, but when they met in the 2nd round, Marcel emerged victorious winning 6-2 7-6. However he then fell to Jose Acasuso, 7-6 6-3. Oscar Hernandez also failed to get past Acasuso, losing in the first round. Second seed, Carlos Moya, beat Werner Eschauer 6-4 6-4, but lost to Nicolas Massu in the second round 6-4 6-2. And yet again, Nicolas Almagro has done brilliantly. In the first round, he beat Jiri Vanek 6-1 6-2, in the second round he won against Filippo Volandri 6-3 6-3, and in the quarters he avenged Moya's loss, beating Massu 4-6 6-3 6-3. For the third week in a row, I'll have to get back to you next week about the rest of Almagro's results.

This week has been a rather quiet week in Spanish tennis, so I'll close with a bit of offcourt news. Juan Carlos Ferrero was with David Ferrer, practising together in Valencia. Ferrero owns the tournament there, which has recently undergone construction to improve the facilities there, and both Ferrero and Ferrer have been present to launch the facilities, and also to promote tennis (which is growing in popularity) in Valencia.

Check back next week for more news. Bye:wavey:
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