Result: Nicolas Almagro nabs place in Barcelona Open semi-finals over Juan Monaco

Spain's Nicolas Almagro celebrates during his third round match with Jerzy Janowicz at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 18, 2013
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Nicolas Almagro secures a place in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open by defeating Juan Monaco in straight sets.

Nicolas Almagro has reached the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open courtesy of a 6-3 7-5 victory over Juan Monaco.

Both competitors were evenly matched in the early stages of the opening set, hitting powerful shots and committing swift returns across the court to keep games going by the way of serve.

While Monaco tried to make the breakthrough, it was not enough to push Almagro, who snatched a vital break of serve to push on and wrap up the first set.

The pair continued to take games to the wire in the second set, but neither player could initially take the advantage and nab a break point.

However, Almagro secured a vital break of serve and held his game to ensure a place in the final four of the competition.

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