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Result: Rafael Nadal knocked out by Nicolas Almagro in Barcelona Open quarters

Nicolas Almagro boots world number one Rafael Nadal out of the Barcelona Open by securing a three-set victory to reach the semi-finals.

Rafael Nadal has failed to reach the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open after Nicolas Almagro secured a 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 victory in Spain.

Nicolas Almagro celebrates victory over Rafa Nadal during the Barcelona Open Quarter-Finals on April 25, 2014© AFP

The result has ended a 41-match winning streak for the Spaniard at the competition spanning over 11 years.

The world number one, who failed at the quarter-final stage of the Monte Carlo Masters, started strongly against his compatriot.

Almagro was able to break Nadal's serve, but three break points ensured the top seed the lead, while his opponent could only get two games on the board.

It was a better effort from Almagro in the second set as he held his serve strongly, while Nadal was just as stubborn during his service games.

Nadal squandered five break points with the second set at 4-3 in Almagro's favour, and it was eventually decided with a tie-break, which the sixth seed clinched 7-5.

A repeat of last year's final was pushed into a third set, which went by the way of serve until Almagro was able to grab a vital break to push on and clinch the match.

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Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Teymuraz Gabashvili in the Monte Carlo Masters second round on April 16, 2014
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